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  • Some principals of under-performing schools have refused to attend leadership training provided by the National College for Educational Leadership.
  • Forty-nine principals have not complied with the training requirements.
  • The school board chairs was the first of several measures to be employed by the Education Ministry to ensure compliance by principals in the NCEL training programme.

The Ministry of Education is scheduled to meet on Monday, December 30, with several chairs of school boards in an effort to secure the compliance of their principals who have been enrolled in the Effective Principals’ Training Programme since November 2012.

The meeting, to be held in Mandeville, follows the recent disclosure in Parliament by Education Minister, the Hon. Rev. Ronald Thwaites that some principals of under-performing schools have refused to attend leadership training provided by the National College for Educational Leadership (NCEL).

A total of 49 principals have not complied with the training requirements. Thirty nine of the non-compliant principals are from primary schools across the island with the largest group of 11 in Region 4, followed by nine in Region 5, and seven in Region 3. Both Regions 1 and 6 have five each followed by Region 2 with two. There are ten non-compliant principals from high schools across the island as follows: Regions 1 and 4 each have one, Regions 2 and 5 each have two and Region 6 has four.

“The meeting with school board chairs is intended to underscore their responsibility to hold principals accountable for the performance of their school,” explained Dr. Maurice Smith, Principal Director of NCEL. “The Chief Inspector’s report continues to highlight weak leadership as a significant factor in the underperformance of schools and so the ministry is addressing the issue,” added Dr. Smith.

Disclosing that one principal had actually returned the training material, as her school had been inspected and she had been appraised within the same academic year, Dr. Smith said the meeting with the school board chairs was the first of several measures to be employed by the Education Ministry to ensure compliance by principals in the NCEL training programme.

Since November 2012, NCEL has trained 330 principals and 24 Education Officers in various aspects of school operations. Last summer the college also worked with 30 principals of schools situated in violent communities. NCEL will be collaborating with the National Mathematics Team next month to train principals and heads of math departments in selected primary and secondary schools. In addition, some 50 participants will begin the Aspiring Principals’ Programme next February.

Success stories of principals who received leadership training include:

  • Susan Nelson–Bloomfield, Trench Town High
  • Matthew Sinclair, Manning’s Hill Primary
  • Nicollette McDonough-Foster, Alpha Infant
  • Jacqueline Carter-Dixon, St Benedict’s Primary
  • Donna Harris, St Christopher’s School for the Deaf
  • Shahaney Frome-Roberts, Jacks River Primary
  • Milbert Miller, Aberdeen Primary & Junior High
  • Rona Fuller, Mount Rosser Primary & Infant
  • Orville Mitchell, Mitchell Town Primary
  • Lavern White-Gottshalk, Evelyn Mitchell Infant
  • Kasan Troupe – Denbigh High