National Parent-Teachers' Association of Jamaica wants PTAs registered
The National Parent-Teachers' Association (PTA) of Jamaica wants the Education Ministry to address the problem of school principals blocking efforts to have local PTA's register with the national body.
According to the national association, only 21 per cent or 208 of 971 public schools have registered their local PTA's with the national body.
The President of the national PTA of Jamaica Everton Hannam says some principals have significant control over the PTAs at their schools and have been thwarting efforts to have them registered with the national body.
However, President of the Jamaica Association of Principals and Vice-Principals Linton Weir has rejected claims that headmasters are blocking local PTAs from registering with the national body.
Weir argues that the national parent-teacher association has not done enough to promote itself.
However, Hannam maintains that some principals continue to resist the PTAs at their schools registering with national the body, which falls under the auspices of the Ministry of Education.