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JTA kicks off consultation on JTC bill

Published:Friday | November 8, 2013 | 12:35 PM

The Jamaica Teachers’ Association (JTA) will today kick off a series of consultations on the draft bill to establish the Jamaica Teaching Council.



The draft bill will allow the council to license and discipline teachers, set professional standards and carry out professional development.



But already veteran educator, Professor Errol Morrison has urged the island’s teachers to reject the draft Bill.



He is concerned about what he calls the far reaching powers given to the Education Minister over the Council, the composition of the Board and method used to license teachers.



In a national broadcast on Wednesday night, JTA President Dr. Mark Nicely also said the Bill was too far reaching.



He has asked teachers to analyse the document and put forward their opinions after which a formal submission will be made to the education minister.



Today’s consultations will be held at the Old harbour Baptist church in St. Catherine; the Aglican Church Hall in Mandeville, Manchester; and the Maude McLeod High in Westmoreland.



The consultations come amid the education ministry’s warning to principals and school boards against suspending classes to facilitate activities organised by the teacher’s union.



But the JTA has accused the Ministry of Education of seeking to undermine the rights of teachers to participate in activities organized by it.



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