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Nicely, association members deliver response to Teaching Council bill

Published:Friday | January 31, 2014 | 2:54 PM

KINGSTON, Jamaica:

President of the Jamaica Teachers’ Association, Dr Mark Nicely this morning led a symbolic walk from the JTA’s Head Office to the Ministry of Education to deliver the union’s response to the legislation to establish the Jamaica Teaching Council.




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



The teachers’ 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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