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  • The Ministry of Education will be implementing interim measures for the regulation of the tertiary education sector, pending the introduction of a new regulatory regime under the Jamaica Tertiary Education Commission (J-TEC) Act.
  • This was disclosed by Portfolio Minister, Hon. Rev. Ronald Thwaites, during the sitting of the House of Representatives on Tuesday, October 14.
  • Under the interim provisions, J-TEC will have responsibility for oversight and regulation of all new and existing private tertiary level institutions.

The Ministry of Education will be implementing interim measures for the regulation of the tertiary education sector, pending the introduction of a new regulatory regime under the Jamaica Tertiary Education Commission (J-TEC) Act.

This was disclosed by Portfolio Minister, Hon. Rev. Ronald Thwaites, during the sitting of the House of Representatives on Tuesday, October 14.

He noted that this decision is in keeping with the General Powers conferred on the Minister under Part II Section 3 (b) of the Education Act.

Under the interim provisions, J-TEC will have responsibility for oversight and regulation, and all new and existing private tertiary level institutions will be required to register with the entity. A national registry of institutions offering tertiary education is being established.

“The establishment of the register and the registration of tertiary institutions by J-TEC, operating under the auspices of the Ministry, should result in an improved quality of tertiary level programmes being offered in Jamaica,” Rev. Thwaites said.

The Education Minister also informed that J-TEC is implementing other measures necessary for the seamless introduction of the new regulatory regime including the development of the National Qualifications Framework for Jamaica; standards for institutional registration of tertiary-level institutions; and a robust information management system.

“These interim measures will remain in place until the enactment of the J-TEC Act, giving the entity the authority to ensure the mandatory registration of all tertiary level institutions, among its other functions,” Rev. Thwaites informed.

The implementation of these regulatory measures will ensure that there is a gate-keeper for entry into the tertiary sector in Jamaica, and also improve co-ordination of the sector.

Other benefits include: the availability of accurate information on tertiary institutions operating in Jamaica to enable planning, development and improved co-ordination of the sector; a standards-driven internal quality assurance mechanism for all tertiary level institutions operating in Jamaica, thus ensuring internationally competitive quality of all programme offerings by institutions; and enhanced protection of consumers of tertiary educational service, including parents and students.