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Teaching Council bill by September - Thwaites

Published:Tuesday | July 21, 2015 | 7:43 AM

Minister of Education, Ronald Thwaites, has indicated that the long-awaited Jamaica Teaching Council (JTC) bill is ready to be submitted to the legislative committee.

Thwaites says this will be done when the formal session of the legislature begins in September.

Thwaites was speaking to a group of educators and JTC officials at a Master Teachers’ Programme award ceremony and exhibition held at the Medallion Hall Hotel last Thursday.

Eleven teachers were recognised for long and distinguished service as master teachers.

The Jamaica Teaching Council bill seeks to provide for the establishment of a governing body for the teaching profession and institute a regime for the licensing and registration of all government paid teachers.

The Council, through this bill, would have legal power to immediately suspend and cancel the registration of a teacher who has been charged for sexual offenses, murder, pornography, robbery and fraud.