Thank you for your hard work
JAMAICA JOINS the global community in celebrating our teachers on World Teachers Day 2016 - an important time to acknowledge the sterling contribution of our teachers to nation building and motivate them to continuously strive for excellence.
Government recognises that we have a responsibility to adhere to the guidelines of the UNESCO/ILO Recommendation concerning the Status of Teachers adopted 50 years ago. In this regard, my government remains committed to promoting the wellbeing of our teachers in the interest of quality education. I therefore endorse the theme of this year’s celebration, ‘Valuing Teachers Improving their Status’. The staff of the Jamaica Teaching Council must be lauded for leading this year’s celebration. I note that you will be hosting the first national symposium for the teaching profession, which will address matters of professionalism in teaching, appraisal instruments, code of ethics and accountability. I also commend you for recognising excellence in the teaching profession and providing incentives.
I thank our teachers for their contributions to the positive development of our nation and implore you to remain resolute in the delivery of quality education. To the teachers who will be recognised as part of this year’s celebration, I salute you for your hard work and tenacity.
As we commemorate World Teachers Day 2016, I thank the Jamaica Teaching Council for its continued support for the growth and development of our teachers and wish for you every success in your celebratory activities. ANDREW HOLNESS Prime Minister