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delayed writing this article for some timeas I wanted to weigh in on a few articlesthat I read in the Jamaica Gleaner earlierthis year. In one such article was titled,“Thwaites cements more partnerships withChina,” it was said that China needs a num-ber of English teachers. It also said the Jamaican governmentwould like to fill some of those vacancieswith teachers who are perhaps retired or arequalified but haven't been able to find jobs.Additionally, Jamaicans would have anopportunity to learn Mandarin.I was excited reading about Jamaica’sefforts to work with China to provide jobsfor Jamaican teachers, and prompted by afriend I decided to contact the Ministry of Education in Jamaica. My friend said heinformed Jamaican Education MinisterRonald Thwaites that I would be calling. However, I was not able to speak withMr. Thwaites. Instead, I spoke with one of his consultants. I explained to the consult-ant who I was and what I did. I explainedto her the discrimination I faced while try-ing to place Jamaican teachers in China.I informed her that I sought theMinistry’s help in getting visas forJamaican teachers to work in China. Afterfive minutes of conversation I realized Iwas at a dead end. She informed me thatthe Jamaican government doesn’t workwith just anyone. She wanted to know howJamaican teachers had found me. She also told me that the deal theywere working on with China was a solidone and the Chinese representative hadbeen to Jamaica on many occasions.Additionally, she said, they had Chineseteachers already teaching Mandarin inJamaica. She requested that I send her mybusiness registration detail and I obligedher. It has been a few months and she hasnot sent confirmation that she received myemail.With this current deal in place I am notsure why Chinese teachers are already inJamaica teaching Mandarin and Jamaicansteachers are not in China teaching English. I do hope that Jamaicans in generalwill get opportunities in China as China hasa great presence in Jamaica. It is up to theleaders to assure that their people areequally represented and treated fairly.
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Will Jamaican teachers get jobs in China?