Consultations to begin on bill to setup teaching council
The Jamaica Teachers’ Association (JTA) is to embark on a series of consultations next month on the bill to establish the Jamaica Teaching Council.
The JTA said it has received the second draft of the bill from the Education Ministry.
The establishment of the Council was a recommendation of the Education Transformation Task Force (2004) that is now being implemented.
The teachers’ union says, in light of the significance of the bill, teachers will be given the opportunity to thoroughly consider the document and to make a contribution in ensuring that it achieves its goal when implemented.
It says it will submit a full response to the Education Minister Ronald Thwaites, once the consultations are completed at the end of November.
Among other things, the bill is designed to govern the teaching profession and institute a regime for the licensing and registration of all government-paid educators.
It also gives legal powers to the council to immediately suspend and cancel the registration of a teacher who is charged for what is deemed a disqualifiable offence, which includes: sexual offences, murder, pornography, robbery, and fraud.
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