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JTA solicits feedback on proposed teaching council

Published:Sunday | November 17, 2013 | 6:45 PM

The Jamaica Teachers' Association's (JTA) is to continue consultations across the island this week, as it canvasses the views of members on the controversial Jamaica Teaching Council Bill.



The bill, which will establish the Jamaica Teaching Council that will act as a regulatory body for the teaching profession, has so far garnered harsh criticisms from the JTA and some of its members. The teachers have been especially peeved by sections of the Bill granting disciplinary powers to the proposed Council.



The Council will have the power to suspend or revoke teaching licences. It can also, among other measures, at any time, suspend a teacher without an inquiry if they are charged with an offence.



Immediate past president of the JTA, Clayton Hall, has said it would be unfair for teachers to lose their licences without having an appropriate hearing with their chosen representative. He argued that teachers should never be dismissed without having a chance to present their case to the JTC's disciplinary committee.



Today, Hall told The Gleaner/ Power 106 News Centre that some parish groups had passed resolutions to petition the education minister to revise several sections of the Bill.



The groups proposed that the petition be delivered by way of a march to the Ministry of Education at Heroes Circle in Kingston. However, he said no action was likely to take place before the JTA completed its consultations with members.



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