Posted on June 16, 2016 by Johannetta in , .

Ongoing research on teacher mobility

Sustainable teacher population Caribbean Netherlands
The Ministry of Education, Culture and Science (OCW) is striving to reach a sustainable and qualified formation of teachers in the Caribbean Netherlands who are skilled, committed to their job, familiar with the local culture and customs, and are willing to stay for a longer period of time. This concerns primary education, secondary education and secondary vocational education.
The labour market is currently dynamic; teachers come from a large variety of places and backgrounds, and many leave the teaching profession rapidly (incl emigration). This is especially the case in secondary education and results in a high annual outflow and a high replacement demand.

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At the request of OCW, the Research Centre for Education and the Labour Market (ROA) of Maastricht University together with the Maestro Kompas team, is conducting research on this topic. In order to work towards a more stable teacher population it is important to first gain a better insight into the motives teachers have to come teach on the BES islands (the pull factors), and their motives to leave again or to choose for another profession (push factors). These are important factors to take into consideration if the continuity of education in the Caribbean Netherlands is to be improved and when working towards a sustainable educational format. In addition it is important to acquire these insights locally at the source, so at the schools.

For the last few months team has been working on this research. In March and April 2016, the schools on Bonaire, Saba and Statia were visited and several interviews with schoolboards and teachers were conducted. Based on the input, an online questionnaire has been developed which was sent out to all teachers (pe, se/sve) on June 6th. The study will provide a lot of insights: What makes teaching in the Caribbean Netherlands attractive, what makes it less attractive and how can it be made more attractive?

Final report
The results obtained will be used to write a final report on the findings. The reports will be distributed to the participating schools in the autumn of 2016. If you have any questions about the study, please contact the researchers via