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More JTA consultations this week to discuss issues with Teaching Council bill

Published:Monday | November 18, 2013 | 10:17 AM

Some teachers have called for a march on the Ministry of Education to register their objections to sections of the proposed Jamaica Teaching Council bill.



Immediate Past President of the Jamaica Teachers' Association (JTA) Clayton Hall says some parish groups have passed resolutions to petition the Education Minister to revise 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.



Hall says no action is likely to take place before the JTA completes its consultations with members.



The JTA is to hold more consultations with its members across the island this week, to get their views on the proposed legislation.



Teachers have been harshly criticising the bill which will establish the Teaching Council.



The teachers are especially peeved by sections of the bill granting disciplinary powers to the Council to suspend or revoke teaching licences.



It can also, among other measures, at any time, suspend teachers without an inquiry if they are charged with an offence.



Immediate JTA president Dr Mark Nicely says it would be unfair for teachers to lose their licences without having an appropriate hearing with their chosen representative.



He also says teachers should never be dismissed without having a chance to present their case to the disciplinary committee of the Jamaica Teaching Council.



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