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The National Education Inspectorate (NEI) will be carrying out inspections of the education system, commencing with primary and secondary schools this September.
Chief Inspector of Education, Elaine Foster-Allen, speaking at a technical working group meeting at Christar Villas Hotel in Kingston on May 7, said that the inspections will be phased over three years.
“We will start with schools and institutions offering teacher training in year one, and maybe the Regional Educational Authorities (REAs) in the latter part of year two and going into year three with that programme,” she informed.
The recommendations from the inspections, she said, should inform improvement strategies in the education system. “When we have done the inspections and (presented) the findings and the recommendations, those should now be integrated into the school improvement work and then the school improvement must be evaluated,” she indicated.
Education Minister, Andrew Holness, in his Sectoral presentation last year, announced the establishment of the NEI as a quality control and assurance mechanism across the education system. The body will provide rigorous, independent evaluation of schools against set standards; and undertake a comprehensive programme of inspection of those institutions, whose work impacts on schools, including REAs.
The NEI will also evaluate and monitor improvements in weak and failing schools; ensure that appropriate remedial action is taken; hold REAs to account for ensuring that improvements take place; publish an annual report on the standards and quality of education in Jamaica’s schools; publish inspection reports in accordance with the terms of the Access to Information Act; and recommend minimum standards and policy initiatives to the Ministry of Education.
The core objective of the NEI is to implement a world class inspectorate that objectively, independently and rigorously inspects, assesses and reviews the quality of schools, education services and standards.
In the meantime, the Chief Inspector appealed to members of the NEI’s technical working group, which comprises some 50 personnel including teachers, principals, and members of private sector and non-governmental organisations, to assist in finalising the necessary documents, which would assess the body in carrying out its work.
“We have had to be doing a few things in tandem. We are consulting and developing at the same time. The documents we have been working on are all in draft form and we really need to get your input to refine the documents, then to take them out again for consultations,” she explained.
One such document is that of inspection standards, and according to Mrs. Foster-Allen, “we have been presenting that document to teachers, principals and so on so we want you to work with us. It is not at all complete. It needs a lot more input, refining and we are asking you to help us to do that.”
The NEI is an independent statutory body under the Ministry of Education and will report to Parliament.

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