JIS News

Principals of primary and preparatory schools in Portland, have formed a professional group – the Portland Principals Association.
The Association, which was launched at the Port Antonio Christ Church, on October 30, is a merger of the East Portland Principals Association and the West Portland Principals Association.
The launch was attended by principals of a number of schools in the parish, representatives of the Jamaica Teachers’ Association (JTA), and officers of the Ministry of Education’s Regional Office in Port Antonio.
Principal of the Windsor Castle All-age School, Colquhoun Harvey, will chair the new association.Giving the main address at the function, Regional Manager for the Eastern Region of the JTA, Devon Meek, congratulated the principals for bringing both organisations under one umbrella, and exhorted members to ensure that they embrace the highest ideals of the teaching profession, and protect the interest of its members.
He pointed out that principals bear awesome responsibilities as a result of the duties they perform, and they need to possess a strong determination, if they are to succeed in confronting the various challenges facing the teaching profession.
Lamenting the high level of indiscipline in the society, Mr. Meek emphasised that not only do principals have to set examples for their students, but also for the entire community, which they serve, as very often they are regarded as leaders of those communities.
He exhorted the principals to place a high premium on accountability in the performance of their duties, and reminded them that how they conduct themselves, would determine the level of respect they receive from communities.