National Registry of Institutions offering tertiary education established
Education Minister Ronald Thwaites has announced that the establishment of a National Registry of Institutions offering tertiary education.
He says the move is a part of interim measures towards the introduction of a new regulatory regime for the tertiary sector to be administered by the Jamaica Tertiary Education Commission (J-TEC).
Thwaites says while the University Council of Jamaica performs the function of external quality assurance by accrediting programmes and institutions, oversight and regulation of the sector is the responsibility of J-TEC.
As a result he says the Ministry is inviting all new and existing private tertiary level institutions to register with J-TEC until the enactment of the J-TEC Act, giving the entity the authority to ensure mandatory registration.
Thwaites says establishment of the Register and the registration of institutions should result in an improved quality of tertiary level programmes being offered in Jamaica.
He says it should also result in enhanced protection of consumers of tertiary educational service, including parents and students, as well as protection of those seeking to invest in tertiary education in Jamaica.
WATCH: THE GLEANER MINUTE