Teachers Day is celebrated on October 6, 2021.
Dr Wheatley, in a statement, thanked teachers for their scarifies.
“We acknowledge and recognise the work that you do. Teachers are important to our society, the responsibility placed on you to mould the lives of our children and young people of these Virgin Islands cannot be underestimated. You are at the centre of teaching and learning.”
Dr Wheatley said although teachers face their personal matters while dealing with the impacts of COVID-19, persons still rely on them to “help our children heal and fill the knowledge gaps suffered during this pandemic period.”
He said as an appreciation, his ministry has reached out to the local business community to offer teachers’ discounted rates during Teachers’ Week and/or during October.
“Many have responded favourably. You will receive digital coupons either through your VI Schools email directly or from your principal. These coupons must be presented at the business to benefit from the discounts.”
He said teachers can also soon expect their $300 reimbursement of personal money to spend on whatever they like
“Also, I will be sponsoring a happy hour for teachers on the four islands for all educators from 4:00 p.m to 6:00 p.m on Friday of this week. On Tortola, it will be at the Virgin Islands School of Technical Studies, and on the other islands, your principal will inform you of the venues.”
Hon Wheatley said the incentives are just another small way of the ministry saying thanks by showing appreciation for the hard work teachers do.