Filipinos tapped to ease teacher shortage in US Virgin Islands

MANILA, Philippines – Thirty-eight teachers from the Philippines and the Dominican Republic have been tapped to fill in vacancies for teachers in two districts of the US Virgin Islands.

According to Virgin Islands Daily News, the foreign teachers will begin work in September in St Croix and St Thomas districts, when the school year begins. The report said that the US Virgin Islands has been struggling with teacher shortages for the past 20 years.

They will teach grades 7-12 students subjects such as art, English as a second language, elementary education, foreign languages, mathematics, music, physical education, reading, science, special education, and social studies.

Ironically, the Philippines is also looking for Filipino teachers who have worked abroad to return home. According to a report on The SUN-HK, the government is offering a starting salary of P18,500 plus allowances for teachers who return home. (READ: PH to OFW teachers: Come home–

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