Cabinet has approved instructions for the Chief Parliamentary Counsel to draft legislation to establish the Jamaica Tertiary Education Commission.
Minister with responsibility for Information, Telecommunications and Special Projects, Hon. Daryl Vaz, made the announcement at Wednesday’s (January 19) Post Cabinet media briefing at Jamaica House.
Explaining the rationale for the establishment of the Commission, Mr. Vaz said that a major issue affecting the local tertiary sector was the lack of a single regulatory authority, to provide oversight and governance.
This has led to “unbridled and fragmented” growth, and there is urgent need for the sector to be rationalised and coordinated to become more in line with national priorities and developmental goals, he said.
The Jamaica Tertiary Education Commission will be the national oversight body for the tertiary education system, and will perform regulatory, developmental and planning functions for the sector.
Mr. Vaz said that, at discussions on the matter with Education Minister, Hon. Andrew Holness, the Minister cited the need for more cohesion among the institutions in all areas of endeavour, and elimination of overlaps by bringing stakeholders under one regulatory authority.
He also alluded to the expansion activities undertaken by some tertiary institutions, their ability to sustain and finance them and possible implications.
“Of course, if those expansion programmes are not financed then, obviously, it will have an impact on the possibility of the Government having to intervene,” Mr. Vaz said.
CONTACT: DOUGLAS McINTOSH