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Thwaites wants code review

Published:Sunday | May 20, 2012 | 12:00 AM

Education Minister Ronald Thwaites wants a review of the Education Act (1980), which governs the running of public- educational institutions.

Thwaites told The Sunday Gleaner that the language of the act must be simplified as in its present form, it is not easy to understand.

"The rules and regulations governing the disciplining of teachers as presented in the Education Regulations are needlessly complex. Even highly intelligent persons who have gone through the process are prone to make mistakes," Thwaites said.

"I insist that the rules and regulations need to be reviewed. Even highly intelligent persons who have gone through the (training) process are prone to make mistakes in applying the regulations," added Thwaites.

The JTA has in the past opposed proposals, which they claim will only make it easier for boards to dismiss teachers.

However, a recent spate of teacher misconduct, and sexual abuse and assault by teachers may have forced the Government to articulate changes.