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Ezenne, Austin
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Department of Educational Studies
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Current issues on professionalization of education in Jamaica
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Professionalism and Teacher Education : 12th World Congress of Comparative Education Societies
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2004
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Havana, Cuba
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Abstract
In this paper, the criteria of fully established professions are stated and then education in Jamaica is described and analysed with respect to those criteria of fully established professions. Crucial subjects such as status, autonomy, certification and license, general objectives of Jamaican education, salary, hours of work, promotions and other factors are discussed. The problems of professionalizing education have been compared with similar problems in other occupations particularly those in the established professions such as medicine and law. There are wide gaps and discrepancies between what Jamaican education promises, for example, in the 2001 White Paper on Education and its achievements and also between the popular acknowledgement of the importance of education and the socio economic status of educators in general. Educational personnel, administrators, teachers, students, and school librarians as an occupational group must understand the conditions for the professionalization of education, play an active role in meeting those conditions and all must work together to make education a fully established profession in Jamaica.....
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