President of the Jamaica Teachers Association, JTA, Doran Dixon, says he supports the decision to make it mandatory for aspiring Principals to be trained and certified.

He’s reacting to the announcement by Education Minister, Ronald Thwaites, that it’ll soon become mandatory for potential school Principals to be certified by the National College for Educational Leadership, N-CEL.

However, Mr. Dixon points out that some teachers believe there’re issues to be ironed out with the programme.

Doran Dixon, JTA President.

Meanwhile, President of the Association of Principals and Vice Principals, Standford Davis, says he’s not sure the Ministry will be able to certify all aspiring principals within a reasonable time.

But he says he supports the proposal in principle.

Standford Davis, President of the Association of Principals and Vice Principals, speaking with Nationwide News.

Speaking yesterday in the House of Representatives, Minister Thwaites said the training programme is necessary to upgrade Principals and senior school personnel to become effective instructional leaders.