From left, Dr. Taneisha Ingleton and Dr. Maurice Smith of Jamaica’s National College for Educational Leadership speak with Dr. Marcia Potter, permanent secretary in the Ministry of Education and Culture, on the upcoming Education Leadership Training for Principals. Photo: GIS

As part of ongoing efforts to certify educators, government is holding a two-week leadership training session for principals starting Monday.

From left, Dr. Taneisha Ingleton and Dr. Maurice Smith of Jamaica’s National College for Educational Leadership speak with Dr. Marcia Potter, permanent secretary in the Ministry of Education and Culture, on the upcoming Education Leadership Training for Principals. Photo: GIS
The session is in keeping with Education and Culture Minister Myron Walwyn’s recent pledge that his ministry would review the licensure of teachers and principals in the territory, according to Government Information Services.

Mr. Walwyn said that in the future the ministry won’t recommend candidates for principal positions unless they complete this training programme, which is funded by government.

After the two-week session, he added, principals will be assessed on the job over a period of eight months to determine their eligibility for certification.

“The ministry intends for its principals to be upgraded to deal with leading education in the 21st Century,” he said.

The facilitators for the session will be Dr. Maurice Smith and Dr. Taneisha Ingleton of Jamaica’s National College for Educational Leadership.

In recent meetings with senior education officials and principals, the facilitators have been briefed on the territory’s education system, according to GIS. They are to return Monday to host “Phase I” of the leadership session.

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