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Less than 50% turnout at principals, education ministry meeting

Published: Monday December 30, 2013 | 6:09 pm Comments 0

Tamara Bailey, Gleaner Writer

KINGSTON, Jamaica:
Less than half of the school board heads who were invited to a meeting with the education ministry today turned up for the event in Manchester.


This latest meeting was part of a series intended to get board chairs to bring their principals in compliance with a training programme being spearheaded by the National College for Educational Leadership.

Of the 49 board chairs who were invited to today’s meeting at the Golf View Hotel in Mandeville, only 24 attended.

Principal Director of the National College for Education and Leadership Dr Maurice Smith told the meeting that the principals were cited for not submitting required reports and portfolios under the Effective Principals’ Training Programme.

He reiterated that action would be taken against principals who continue to refuse to become compliant.

In total, 79 principals have been non-compliant with the training programme.

Following today’s meeting the board chairs will have until the end of January to get their principals to submit their reports and portfolios.

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

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