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Teaching Council Bill, Road Traffic Act Regulations Tabled

The Jamaica Teaching Council Bill and Regulations for the Road Traffic Act were tabled in the House of Representatives on Tuesday (February 1)

Minister of Education and Youth, Hon. Fayval Williams, tabled the teaching council legislation, which seeks to establish a governing body for the teaching profession and a licensing and registration regime for all government-paid teachers.

The Bill will also establish and maintain professional standards for teacher competence and practice; regulate the professional conduct of teachers to ensure, in the public interest, that they are fit and proper persons to teach; and create an enabling environment for the continuing professional development of teachers.

Meanwhile, the Regulations for the Road Traffic Act makes provisions to better apply the principles and purposes of the new Road Traffic Act, which was passed in the House of Representatives in 2018.

Covered are areas such as fitness, registration and licensing of motor vehicles; construction of and equipment for motor vehicles; licensing of drivers; certification of driving instructors and licensing of driving schools; and traffic signs, speed limits and rules of the road.

Minister of Transport and Mining, Hon. Audley Shaw, tabled the Regulations.