Contact Time with StudentsIt has been a great debate over the years for our nation’s teachers to spend more time in the classroom. Our Ministry of Education, over the last three years, has hemorrhaged the teachers’ holiday/recuperation period by adding two more teaching days per term. This year is no different and now not only are they trying to shorten the days of rest for teachers, but are now mandating them to go to professional development seminars conducted by education officers who themselves are exhausted with work.All this, because there is the perception that teachers have too much time on their hands to find additional funds to improve their standard of living. One talk show host mentioned about the amount of teachers who are driving better cars and living in luxurious houses and that teaching seemed to be a money making business instead of that of educating the population. There were mentions of teachers having after school classes where students must pay a cost. Investigations were secretly conducted to find out the cost of these services and publishing how much money a teacher makes conducting private classes.