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Education ministry goes after delinquent principals

Published: Sunday December 29, 2013 | 10:16 am Comments 0
File - Education Minister Rev. Ronald Thwaites
File - Education Minister Rev. Ronald Thwaites

The education ministry is to meet several school-board heads tomorrow as it hunts nearly 50 school principals who are yet to enroll in a special training programme geared at improving the management of public institutions.

Tomorrow’s meeting follows a declaration by Education Minister Ronald Thwaites that his ministry will take action against principals of under-performing schools who have refused to participate in the training.

The programme began in November 2012 but some principals appear to have refused to participate in it.

A statement from the education ministry last night said 49 principals have not complied with the training requirements.

It said 39 of the non-compliant principals are from primary schools across the island, with the largest group of eleven in Region Four. Region Four comprises St. James, Hanover, Westmoreland.

Additionally, the education ministry says there are 10 non-compliant principals from high schools across the island.

Principal director of the National College for Educational Leadership, Dr Maurice Smith, explains that the meeting is intended to underscore the responsibility of board chairs to hold principals accountable for the performance of their school.

He noted that the National Education Inspectorate report continues to highlight weak leadership as a significant factor in the under performance of schools and so the ministry is addressing the issue.

Dr Smith says the meeting with the school-board chairs is the first of several measures to be employed by the education ministry to ensure compliance by principals.

Since November 2012, the National College for Educational Leadership has trained 330 principals and 24 education officers in various aspects of school operations.

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