The Government is hoping to table the Jamaica Teaching Council (JTC) bill in Parliament before the end of the calendar year.
The bill is being reviewed before going back to the Cabinet Legislative Committee.
Chief Executive Officer of the JTC, Dr. Winsome Gordon, says the move to implement a regime for the licensing and registration of teachers is aimed at ensuring greater levels of accountability and professionalism in teaching.
The licensing regime is expected to take effect with the passage of the pending JTC bill.
The legislation will also facilitate the establishment of a governing body for the teaching profession.
Dr. Gordon tells JIS news that the regime to be put in place, will help address many of the challenges facing the sector, such as persons teaching subjects and grade cohorts for which they were not trained or certified.
She says registration will be free of cost while there will be a fee for getting the licence which is for about 5 years.
Dr. Gordon outlines that for renewal of licence, the teacher will have to demonstrate competence to teach, including ability to teach diverse groups and the ability to use modern technology effectively.
She informs that teachers already in the sector will also have to be licensed.
A proposed Teacher Appraisal System is another component that will affect licence renewal. The Education Ministry says it is consulting with the Jamaica Teachers Association (JTA) on the appraisal scheme.
The JTC was established in 2008 as part of the Education Transformation Strategy to improve the quality and coverage of education.