Teachers colleges gear up for education challenge
Carl Gilchrist, Gleaner Writer
RUNAWAY BAY, St Ann:The Teachers Colleges of Jamaica (TCJ) says teachers colleges will be placing special emphasis on early childhood education, math, science, information technology and special education.
The TCJ says multidisciplinary colleges will increase student intake in emerging areas of need.
At a three-day retreat at the Jewel Resort in Runaway Bay, St Ann, which ended yesterday, the leadership of the TCJ declared that its members were ready and remained resolute to respond to the new frontiers in teacher education.
Speaking at a press briefing yesterday, Dean of the TCJ, Yvonne Clarke, said teachers colleges were pressing ahead to upgrade approximately 14,000 teachers from diplomas to bachelors degrees by 2016. She said the TCJ is also moving to address the needs of 33,400 pre-trained graduates.
The TCL also pledged support for the training and professional development of principals, in collaboration with the National College for Education Leadership.
Coming out of our three-day retreat, we declare that our colleges remain resolute to respond to the new frontiers in teacher education, Clarke said.
Among the teachers colleges represented at the retreat are the College of Agriculture, Science and Education, St Josephs, Moneague, Sam Sharpe, Bethlehem Moravian, G.C. Foster, Shortwood and Church.