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Holness to Thwaites: Reconsider role of National College of Educational Leadership

Published:Saturday | February 1, 2014 | 3:45 PM

KINGSTON, Jamaica:

Opposition Leader Andrew Holness is urging Education Minister Ronald Thwaites to reconsider the role of the National College of Educational Leadership.

Speaking at the Rotary Club of Liguanea meeting yesterday evening Holness, who is a former education minister, said there is a tussle over what the focus of the college should be.

He notes that the college is currently engaged in giving management training to persons who are already teachers or principals.

He says while some of this will be necessary going forward he believes the main focus of the college should be providing persons with the training to become principals.

Issues surrounding the operation of the National College of Educational Leadership came to the fore recently after the education ministry threatened to take action against those principals who fail to complete training under the institution.

It was reported that 25 per cent of principals enrolled in the Effective Principals' Training Programme since November 2012 failed to show up for training.

Board chairs were given until the end of this month to get their principals to submit their reports and portfolios to the college.


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