Seventy seven of the country’s teachers on Wednesday received certificates following the successful completion of the Aspiring Principals’ Programme.

The educators, from schools across the country now join an elite group of school professionals who possess the Professional Qualification for Principalship (PQP).

The Aspiring Principals’ Programme, an initiative of the National College for Educational Leadership (NCEL), is offered through the University of the West Indies.

Yesterday’s award ceremony took place at the Mona Visitors Lodge and involved Education Minister, Senator Ruel Reid, Opposition Spokesperson on Education, Rev. Ronald Thwaites and other education stakeholders.

The year-long programme comprises four modules and a field experience that requires the aspiring principals to demonstrate particular capabilities in critical areas of school leadership.

NCEL’s Aspiring Principals’ Programme complements the Effective Principals Programme which targets practising principals of public schools, bursars and education officers.

Subject to the passage of the appropriate legislation, only educators with a PQP will be eligible for appointment to the post of principal of any public school in Jamaica.