Thwaites Proposes Term Limits for Principals

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Education Minister Ronald Thwaites is proposing that term limits be established for school principals.

He’s also proposing that changes me made to the way in which principals are appointed.

He was speaking yesterday at the National Conference on Educational Leadership and Management in Montego Bay, St. James.

Minister Thwaites says the matter of a principal’s tenure being cemented until retirement, is an inefficient way to organise leadership in the education system.

But the proposal is not being welcomed by President of the Association of Principals and Vice Principals, Stanford Davis.

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Minister Thwaites says there needs to be a change in the system, where the majority of marks that go towards the ranking of a candidate for Principal, are based on paper qualifications.

He notes that face to face interaction and engagement with the candidate, is relatively low on the evaluation scale.

Mr. Davis says there’s already a system in place that appraises principals.

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