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National PTA welcomes govt's new approach to book lists for schools

Published:Thursday | May 8, 2014 | 9:51 AM

Jerome Reynolds, Staff Reporter

KINGSTON, Jamaica:

The National Parent-Teachers' Association of Jamaica is backing the move by the Education Minister to take over the approval of all book lists.

Yesterday, Education Minister Ronald Thwaites told the Parliament that the education ministry has reviewed all book lists and will be approving the ones to be used by schools.

He emphasised that no school will be allowed to issue book lists without approval of the education ministry.

Over the years parents have complained about spending exorbitant amounts on supplementary textbooks.

The president of the National Parent-Teachers' Association of Jamaica, Everton Hannam says the move by the education ministry will help parents.

The president of the Jamaica Teachers’ Association (JTA) Dr Mark Nicely, has also welcomed the decision.

However, he says the education ministry should be careful not to micro manage teachers.

Noting that there is no curriculum for Grades 10 and 11, Nicely said teachers have long used the syllabus to guide the selection of textbooks in preparation for exams.

He says this autonomy should not be removed from teachers, especially at the secondary level.


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