Annual recognition is given to our excellent teachers and school leaders across our education system and in all Quality Education Circles (QECs).
The LASCO Teacher of the Year Award was established in 1997, while the Principal of the Year Award started in 2006. These awards seek to recognize persons within the education system who have displayed exemplary standards of professionalism and provided transformational learning environments. Since the inception of the Jamaica Teaching Council, these awards have been streamlined and incorporated in the National Awards Programme for Excellence in the Teaching Profession.
By 2015, approximately 1313 teachers and 14 school leaders have been recognized and awarded. The Excellence in Leadership award is sponsored annually by UNESCO. The Excellent teachers Awards are sponsored by the Private Sector –Jamaica Money Market Brokers, GraceKennedy, Massy Technologies, Sun Island, Jamaica National Building Societies, Tastee Patties, J. Wray and Nephew, SAGICOR, Novelty Trading and Tropical Metal Products.
Scholarships – The Teaching Council will solicit scholarships to be awarded for outstanding performance in the teaching profession. There is no limit on the numbers.
Awards for Excellence
Teacher of the Year
Secretariat to Appeals Tribunal – All processes must be adhered to according to the Education Act (1965) and Education Regulations of 1980
Classification of Teaching Personnel – In view of the terms of the General Agreement of Trade in Services, teachers can be trained in various institutions established by inside and outside of Jamaica. Hence it is critical for Jamaica to ensure that certification presented to support applications for teaching profession are equivalent to the approved certification for entry into the profession. When a certificate is questioned, it is referred to the University Council of Jamaica – the accreditation body for tertiary institutions and programmes.