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  • In the future, it will be mandatory for candidates applying to fill vacancies for Principals to possess certification under the Aspiring Principals Programme.
  • The Minister was gaving an update on the activities of the National College for Educational Leadership (NCEL), one of the agencies of the Ministry that is engaged in the task of improving education outcomes.
  • The programme is designed to prepare individuals for the principalship prior to recruitment. This nine-month post graduate level programme is delivered in partnership with the University of the West Indies.

In the future, it will be mandatory for candidates applying to fill vacancies for Principals to possess certification under the Aspiring Principals Programme.

This was disclosed by Minister of Education, Hon. Rev. Ronald Thwaites, at the sitting of the House of Representatives on Tuesday, January 13.

The Minister was gaving an update on the activities of the National College for Educational Leadership (NCEL), one of the agencies of the Ministry that is engaged in the task of improving education outcomes.

Rev. Thwaites noted that so far the Ministry has awarded fellowships to 40 participants to pursue the Aspiring Principals Programme.

“They will be conferred with the professional qualification for principalship in March 2015,” he said, adding that 100 participants are now being recruited for round two of the Programme.

The programme is designed to prepare individuals for the principalship prior to recruitment. This nine-month post graduate level programme is delivered in partnership with the University of the West Indies.

Meanwhile, Rev. Thwaites pointed out that the pool of competent persons from which principals are to be drawn, needs to be replenished continually.

He further noted that currently, there are 1,598 principals and vice principals in the public education system.

The Minister added that for the current academic year, 116 principals and vice principals are due to retire and 140 are projected to do likewise during the 2015/16 academic year.

“Against this background, the NCEL had embarked aggressively on the upgrading of principals and senior school personnel to become effective instrumental leaders. In 2014, the College conducted training for 1,270 school leaders in a number of critical areas, so as to improve student performance,” Rev. Thwaites said.

The NCEL has, over the three quarters of the 2014/15 financial year, expended $25 million, with another $26 million committed for contracts that have been signed. It is projected to need $22 million to support its programmes during the upcoming financial year.

 

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