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Implement the licensing of teachers to ensure that our teachers are appropriately trained and deployed in their areas of competency

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Source: Jamaica Labour Party Manifesto pg.20 February 18, 2016

Monday February 4, 2019 | Jamaica Observer

Teacher licensing and registration Bill approved by Cabinet

THE long awaited Jamaica Teaching Council (JTC) b ill, which will establish a licensing and registration regime for Government-paid teachers, has now been approved by Cabinet.

Education Minister Senator Ruel Reid made the announcement in the Senate on Friday. The legislation will establish a governing body for the teaching profession and introduce new procedures, such as professional disciplinary action for teachers and principals.

“The JTC bill that has been languishing for many years…we have now just had the approval from Cabinet and will receive comments from the AG's (Attorney General's) department and go back to legislative committee. We expect to lay the JTC bill on the table of Parliament in short order,” Reid outlined in his presentation in the State of the Nation debate.

Friday September 14, 2018 | Jamaica Gleaner

Gleaner Editors' Forum | Teaching Council Bill Moves Closer To Agreement

Years after it was first proposed, the Jamaica Teaching Council Bill - which will provide for the establishment of a governing body for the profession as well as a regime for the licensing and registration of all government-paid teachers - is now closer to reality.

It appears that the Govern-ment and representatives of the Jamaica Teachers' Association (JTA), which represents 25,000 teachers, have found common ground on several aspects of the bill, making it more palatable to teachers.

"There are some issues around the Jamaica Teaching Council Bill that impact our professional standings and as you know, it's aimed at professionalising teaching. We have had and made observations, raised concerns about it, and we have seen where some corrections have been made," said JTA President