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  • Minister of Education, Hon. Rev. Ronald Thwaites says the long-awaited Jamaica Teaching Council (JTC) Bill is now ready to be submitted to the legislative committee, when the formal session of the legislature begins in September.
  • Rev. Thwaites was speaking to a group of educators and JTC officials at a Master Teachers’ Programme award ceremony and exhibition held at the Medallion Hall Hotel on July 16.
  • leven teachers were recognized for long and distinguished service as Master Teachers.

Minister of Education, Hon. Rev. Ronald Thwaites says the long-awaited Jamaica Teaching Council (JTC) Bill is now ready to be submitted to the legislative committee, when the formal session of the legislature begins in September.

Rev. Thwaites was speaking to a group of educators and JTC officials at a Master Teachers’ Programme award ceremony and exhibition held at the Medallion Hall Hotel on July 16. Eleven teachers were recognized for long and distinguished service as Master Teachers.

“I am pleased to say that we have reached a point now where the many modifications to an original draft, can now be submitted to the legislative committee in order to be eventually placed before the full House,” he said.

The Jamaica Teaching Council Bill seeks to provide for the establishment of a governing body for the teaching profession and institute a regime for the licensing and registration of all government paid teachers.

The Council, through this Bill, will have legal power to immediately suspend and cancel the registration of a teacher who has been charged for a disqualifiable offence, inclusive of sexual offenses, murder, pornography, robbery and fraud.

Minister Thwaites said he acknowledges the work of the Jamaica Teaching Council in seeking to set professional standards for the teachers.