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Some principals shying away from development programmes

Education Minister Ronald Thwaites is expressing disappointment with some school principals who he says have refused to take part in professional development programmes offered by the National College for Educational Leadership.

Thwaites notes that the programmes are geared at building the capacity of school leaders to manage their institutions.

He told the parliament yesterday that his ministry will be moving to take action against those principals who refuse to participate.

The education minister's comments were made in light of the most recent report by the National Education Inspectorate (NEI), which indicated that 41 per cent of some 304 schools inspected lacked effective leadership.

The report further highlighted that another four per cent required immediate management support.

The NEI report noted that only one of the 304 primary and secondary schools investigated, between September last year and March this year, had exceptionally high leadership.

The report further stated that of the 674 schools investigated between September 2010 and March 2013, fifty four percent are ineffective.

The education minister says this situation will not be allowed to continue.

He says in the upcoming legislative year, the Education Ministry will be seeking additional powers to get more involved in the operations of poor performing schools.

Meanwhile, opposition leader and spokesman on education, Andrew Holness, says it is time for schools to be viewed and operated as businesses that require effective management and leadership.

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