The Minister said the regulations of the education policy do not contain provision for automatic removal of a principal solely on the basis of a criminal conviction.
Sen. Reid states however, custodial sentence after conviction automatically ends a principal’s occupancy of the post.
The Education Minister outlines that with the current regulations of the education policy, a criminal conviction precludes a person from gaining entry to the teaching profession; however if there is no provision for a teacher who is convicted after in the profession.
In the case for Shortwood Teachers’ College Principal, Dr Christopher Clarke, who has been with the college for 28-years; the outcome of his job will be the decision of the college’s disciplinary committee – in the case that he receives a non-custodial sentence for his conviction.
New Changes Ahead for Teaching Licence
Senator Reid said if the new Jamaica Teaching Council Bill before Parliament is passed, court conviction of teacher could automatically result in revocation of the teaching licence.