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Education Ministry hoping for September completion of teacher accountability bill

Published:Monday | January 26, 2015 | 9:57 AM

The Education Ministry is hoping that by September this year, a new law will be in place that will demand greater accountability from teachers in the public school system.

In an interview with The Gleaner in the soon-to-be published online current affairs programme On the Record, Thwaites said he expects the draft bill to establish the Jamaica Teaching Council to go before the Cabinet by the end of February.

The draft bills proposes to license and discipline teachers, set professional standards and carry out professional development.

However, it has met stiff resistance from the various stakeholders in the education sector including the Jamaica Teachers’ Association.

According to Thwaites, the bill, which will establish the basis for assessing the performance of the teachers, will hold the record for being the piece of proposed legislation on which there has been the widest consultation in Jamaica’s history.

Thwaites says no interest group will control the education system.

The revisions to the bill have not been announced, however, the JTA has argued that too much power has been given to the Education Minister.

The union has also argued against a proposal stipulation that where a teacher is accused of committing an offence, the council would have the power to suspend registration, as well as suspend or revoke his licence to teach.

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