The CARICOM Ministers of Education, through the medium of the Council for Human and Social Development  (COHSOD , have mandated the establishment of the Caribbean Council for Teaching and Teacher Education (the CCCTTE) in response to a request by the region’s teacher educators for a regional body to attend to the professional interests of the teaching profession. The CARICOM Task Force for Teacher Education has been mandated to establish the CCCTTE, whose membership majority is to consist of representatives from the National Teaching Council (NTC) or similar agency in each member state.

The establishment of the CCCTTE and the NTC‘s is critical for sustainability of the reforms in teacher education, for the guarantee of quality, and the enhancement of the status of the teaching profession.   The monitoring and evaluative oversight of a professional body at local and regional levels is necessary for regulating the profession and advocating on its behalf. These bodies will give a welcome and much-needed voice to professional concerns and will promote developments within the teacher education sector.

 The ultimate and principal objective of reform is the provision of an educational experience of the highest quality for all students in the schools across the region. Since teachers and school administrators are the principal agents of this service, their professional competence and well-being are of paramount significance for the achievement of this objective. Enhancing the profession of teaching requires a change to greater prominence for quality control to meet the demand for greater accountability and quality assurance. The concern for the quality of the education provided in the region’s schools must be matched equally by the need for improving the quality of the region’s teachers. At the same time, meaningful improvement in the quality of teachers is unlikely without periodic teacher evaluation and emphasis on continuing teacher professional development. 

Teaching Councils are self-regulating bodies the majority of whose members are education professionals and teachers.  The main function of the teaching council is to regulate the teaching profession by means of professional registration of teachers, control of standards, and the enforcement of a code of professional conduct. Registration and licensing are fee-based in most cases, making Councils either totally or partially self-financing.  Teaching Councils function to:

·                  Provide a professional voice for teaching,  

·                  Support and maintain high standards of teacher development programmes and teacher competence, 

·                  Promote public confidence in teaching,

·         Regulate the teaching profession and the professional conduct of teachers

·         Promote the continuing professional development of teachers

·         Enhance the status of the teacher and image of the teaching profession

The CCCTTE will give voice, attention, and direction to the fundamental professional issues that influence and affect the quality of education in the region and will work collaboratively with the NTC’s. These agencies will be an invaluable asset to the region’s education sector by strengthening its capacity to provide high-quality education and enhancing the image of the teaching profession.

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