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Principals being trained to boost education sector

Published:Saturday | August 27, 2016 | 12:00 AM
Education Minister Ruel Reid.

Minister of Education, Youth and Information Ruel Reid has said that to maintain strong and effective leadership in schools, the ministry has been spearheading capacity-building initiatives for principals.

The minister noted that more than 700 principals have received training, with another 200 to be added by year end.

This is being done through the National College for Educational Leadership.

Reid was speaking at the Jamaica Teachers' Association 52nd Annual Conference at the Hilton Rose Hall Hotel & Spa in St James on Wednesday.

"We are heartened by the scores of teachers who have been expressing an interest in the Aspiring Principals Programme," he said.

The minister explained that the ministry has been re-engineering its systems in a bid to improve accountability, levels of efficiency and quality of service offered.

He pointed out that under the broad umbrella of education transformation, "we are in the final stages of restructuring into a policy, a ministry with new operational arms."




"The proposed Central Ministry will set policy, standards and provide system oversight, quality assurance and monitoring to ensure effective implementation of policy," Reid said.

Reid also said that the ministry is providing 1,400 scholarships for both pre-service and in-service teachers in maths, science, and technical and vocational education and training subjects, to ensure that adequate numbers of teachers with the right qualifications are available for the system.