Among the many shortages suffered by the Cuban people, teachers are among them. But the communist Castro dictatorship needs cash, so they’re selling teachers as slaves. As has been the case since the arrival of the socialist revolution, children take a backseat to the needs and wants of the Castro family dictatorship. This is socialism in action.
‘If they don’t have enough for our own schools, how are they going to send teachers to other countries?’
The regime in Havana is willing to export teachers to Jamaica, although the country’s education authorities recently acknowledged a deficit in the availability of teaching staff in the classrooms.
This was announced in the St. Vincent Times newspaper by the Cuban ambassador in Kingston, Fermín Quiñones Sánchez, who stated that “Cuba has no limitations on any request made by the Government of Jamaica and the Ministry of Education to continue supporting the education sector.”
It is known that at least one hundred Cuban teachers are currently teaching in schools in the Anglo-Caribbean country.
For several years now, the Cuban Ministry of Education has had to implement emergency measures to ensure teaching in the classrooms, especially due to educators leaving for more lucrative professions or going abroad.
“The deficit of teachers in Cuba is typical. It is not a problem that has arisen at this moment; it arose from a lack of motivation, dissatisfaction with the salary, despite the Cuban regime’s increase in the basic salary for teachers. But even these salaries do not cover the needs of those responsible for the education of the new generations on a daily basis,” stated activist Sara Cuba from Santa Clara.
The Minister of Education, Naima Trujillo, said in mid-August that the number of active teachers does not meet the needs of the country’s student population, and that students in their final year of pedagogical universities would be brought in to work as teachers.
“This has been happening for years. There was a marathon of emergency teachers to meet quotas. It was never considered whether they were prepared to teach. Hence, this educational disaster is now evident in all school institutions,” emphasized Cuba.
“I don’t believe the country, and much less the Ministry of Education, is in a position to send teachers and professors to other countries when its educational institutions lack professionals. Furthermore, those in the classrooms are young people without experience or with limited training in this profession. I believe the government is only interested in generating foreign currency,” said the activist.
Additionally, it was necessary to rehire retired teachers and increase the teaching hours for educators.
“Here in Pinar del Río, the teachers have to take turns at the two largest secondary schools in the city, Águedo Morales and 1200. The math teachers have to be in both schools, taking turns because there are not enough teachers. If they [the regime] don’t even have enough for our own schools, how can they send teachers to other countries?” questioned Rolando Cáceres Soto, a member of the opposition group Independent and Democratic Cuba.
“My daughter, who is 8, is in second grade, and she has a teacher who had already retired but, due to the economic situation, came back to work. My son, who is in first grade, has a recently graduated young teacher who came from that accelerated course they opened to try to meet these needs,” explained Cáceres.
Adis Nubia Milanés, the mother of a 6-year-old girl in first grade in populous Arroyo Naranjo, La Havana, said that there is always a shortage of teachers in her municipality.
“There is a shortage of everything here, mainly in education, and those who are going to teach are the students who have opted for this profession because they have no other choice, as they don’t want to study either. They are not well-prepared,” she affirmed.
In Boca de Jaruco, Santa Cruz del Norte in Mayabeque province, the Education Department also faces a difficult situation, according to photographer Iván Guerra, a resident of the area.
“There is a shortage of teachers in the town, especially in the secondary school. There are classrooms without teachers, but they have managed to cover it by moving teachers from other classrooms. From the municipal headquarters, they have had to send teachers here to the secondary school because the students were without a teacher,” said Guerra.
Cuban professionals are hired through official entities that take the majority of the salaries of the contracted workers in the destination countries.