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COUNTRIES IN REGION URGED TO ADOPT LICENSING SYSTEM FOR TEACHERS

Posted by SR (riley) on Nov 17 2016 at 5:02 PM
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Countries in the region are being urged to adopt a licensing system for teachers as a means of branding education and making educators globally competitive. Making the call, Senior Advisor at the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, Mr. Robert Miller, said as is the case with several other professions, teachers need to have a body to recertify them and that with such as system, meaningful benefits will come.

In Jamaica, the new Jamaica Teaching Council (JTC) Bill is seeking to recognise, regulate and promote the teaching profession and maintain professional standards for educators. “Whether it be four or five years, there must be some basic criteria that govern the profession.  This will allow teachers to be on the cutting edge in the field and allow them to be more marketable locally and internationally,” Mr. Miller said.

“Regional educators,” Mr. Miller said, “must be mentors of youth, so that there can be more creators of wealth and young people seeing themselves as employers, rather than employees.” The issue of inadequate parenting must also be tackled, according to the Senior Advisor.

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