MES­SAGES Show more re­spect for our teach­ers

Jamaica Gleaner - - MESSAGES -

WORLD TEACH­ERS’ Day is an op­por­tu­nity to ac­knowl­edge our teach­ers and say thanks for the sig­nif­i­cant con­tri­bu­tions they make in our class­rooms and com­mu­ni­ties. Cel­e­brated in more than 100 coun­tries world­wide, in­clud­ing Ja­maica, the day which is ob­served an­nu­ally on Oc­to­ber 5, com­mem­o­rates teach­ers’ or­gan­i­sa­tions world­wide.

In wel­com­ing the ob­ser­vance of World Teach­ers’ Day, be­ing recog­nised un­der the theme,’Valu­ing Teach­ers, Im­prov­ing their Sta­tus’, let me as­sure Ja­maicans of this ad­min­is­tra­tion’s con­tin­ued sup­port for our teach­ers who con­tinue to build the na­tion through their re­silience, cre­ativ­ity, com­mit­ment, tremen­dous work and un­tir­ing ser­vice.

Teach­ers are the corner­stone of the ed­u­ca­tion sys­tem and a ma­jor in­flu­ence on the de­vel­op­ment of our chil­dren. Teach­ers along with the home, and church, are one of the first av­enues through which knowl­edge is in­tro­duced. As im­por­tant agents of so­cial­i­sa­tion and role mod­els for chil­dren, our teach­ers are pow­er­ful agents of change in our so­ci­ety, which is in need of rad­i­cal so­cial change to be­come a more whole­some, gen­tler, and more car­ing so­ci­ety.

The Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion, Youth and In­for­ma­tion through the Ja­maica Teach­ing Coun­cil, has opened new av­enues for sus­tained pro­fes­sional de­vel­op­ment and im­proved com­pe­ten­cies for all ed­u­ca­tors. This will in­ure to the con­tin­u­ous en­deav­our for ex­cel­lence, the rais­ing of as­pi­ra­tions and achieve­ments that will re­sult in ben­e­fi­cial out­comes for all learn­ers.

We thank God for spar­ing our na­tion and teach­ers from the rav­ages of Hur­ri­cane Matthew.

I urge all Ja­maicans to show more re­spect and ap­pre­ci­a­tion for our teach­ers. Their task is not an easy one, but one that is nec­es­sary and of­ten un­der­taken un­der chal­leng­ing cir­cum­stances and with lim­ited re­sources, even as we ex­pect spec­tac­u­lar re­sults. Our teach­ers must see us all as their part­ners in build­ing an ed­u­cated na­tion. On be­half of this grate­ful na­tion, the min­istry salutes you on this day of ap­pre­ci­a­tion.

Best wishes for a happy World Teach­ers’ Day. God bless you all. RUEL REID Min­is­ter of Ed­u­ca­tion, Youth and In­for­ma­tion

Teacher reg­is­tra­tion pro­vides for the recog­ni­tion of teach­ers as mem­bers of a pro­fes­sional group. So far, there are about 32,000 teach­ers in the regis­ter. JTC’s on­line sys­tem for reg­is­tra­tion is be­ing up­graded to fa­cil­i­tate a more user­friendly plat­form for pro­fes­sional in­ter­ac­tion.

Teacher reg­is­tra­tion and even­tual li­cens­ing have sev­eral other ben­e­fits to the teacher, such as,em­ploy­ment el­i­gi­bil­ity, pro­mo­tional op­por­tu­ni­ties and com­plete data for pen­sion pro­cesses.

All teach­ers in Ja­maica are ex­pected to be reg­is­tered in com­pli­ance with the Group work in sci­ence, tech­nol­ogy, en­gi­neer­ing and math­e­mat­ics work­shop. . Ed­u­ca­tion Reg­u­la­tion timely rec­om­men­da­tions to (1980). On com­ple­tion of for more in­for­ma­tion or the honourable min­is­ter of the up­grad­ing of the JTC clar­ity on any mat­ter ed­u­ca­tion. Eighty-eight web­site, teach­ers will be re­gard­ing the teach­ing pro­fes­sion. prin­ci­pal ap­point­ments able to ver­ify teacher reg­is­tra­tion were made dur­ing the year by vis­it­ing the web­site Sec­re­tar­ial sup­port to the and 839 teacher qual­i­fi­ca­tions of the Ja­maica Teach­ing Teach­ers Ser­vice were as­sessed. Coun­cil, Com­mis­sion WIN­SOME GOR­DON and re­quest­ing val­i­da­tion JTC con­tin­ues to sup­port Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Of­fi­cer us­ing your TRN. JTC can be the Teach­ers Ser­vice Ja­maica Teach­ing reached by email at: Com­mis­sion and en­able the Coun­cil

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