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  • The Government plans to amend and implement legislation aimed at strengthening the regulatory framework governing the education sector during the new fiscal year.
  • This was disclosed by Governor-General, His Excellency the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen, who delivered the 2020/2021 Throne Speech at the ceremonial opening of Parliament on Tuesday (February 11) under the theme ‘Towards a Decade of Growth to Anchor Our Peace and Prosperity’.
  • He said that focus will be placed on the Jamaica Teaching Council Bill, which aims to establish a governing body for the teaching profession and a licensing regime for all government-paid teachers.

The Government plans to amend and implement legislation aimed at strengthening the regulatory framework governing the education sector during the new fiscal year.

This was disclosed by Governor-General, His Excellency the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen, who delivered the 2020/2021 Throne Speech at the ceremonial opening of Parliament on Tuesday (February 11) under the theme ‘Towards a Decade of Growth to Anchor Our Peace and Prosperity’.

He said that focus will be placed on the Jamaica Teaching Council Bill, which aims to establish a governing body for the teaching profession and a licensing regime for all government-paid teachers.

The Government will also seek to pass the Higher Education Bill, aimed at modernising and strengthening the legal and regulatory frameworks for the higher education sector, and make amendments to the Education Act and Regulations governing the statutory system of public education.

The Governor-General said that continued focus will be placed on infrastructure development to provide adequate school places for children at all levels and advance the process of eliminating the shift system in seven schools.

He noted that work will also continue on implementation of the seven years of secondary education programme, which includes the mainstreaming of the Career Advancement Programme and the National School Leaving Certificate.

“The Government will also advance plans for the development of the new high schools focused on science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM),” the Governor-General said.

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