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Response to Jamaica Teaching Council bill today

Published:Friday | January 31, 2014 | 8:48 AM

KINGSTON, Jamaica:

The Jamaica Teachers’ Association (JTA) will today present its response to the legislation to establish the Jamaica Teaching Council.

The council would become the regulating body for the teaching profession.

The JTA says the response will be delivered by the association’s President, Dr Mark Nicely.

It says Nicely will lead a symbolic walk from the JTA’s Head Office to the Ministry of Education at National Heroes Circle.

The teacher’s union says it intends to publish its response in the two major newspapers on Monday.

The JTA had expressed concern about aspects of the draft bill.

The JTA President had previously stated that the Association believes that the bill is far reaching and will impact teachers currently in the system and those to join in the future.

In the proposed bill, the Jamaica Teaching Council will have the power to discipline teachers.

It also will have the power to suspend or revoke teaching licences and will be empowered to suspend a teacher without an inquiry if he or she is charged with a criminal offence.


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