Prime Minister Freundel Stuart (centre) in discussion with Public Service Commission Member, Sir Everton Weekes (left) and Chairman of the Public Service Commission, David Bowen at today’s launch of the Personnel Administration Division’s Correspondence Management System. Looking on is Chairman of the Police Service Commission, Guyson Mayers. (C.Pitt/BGIS)

Barbados will soon have a Teaching Service Commission.

Prime Minister Freundel Stuart made this disclosure today while delivering the feature address at the launch of the Personnel Administration Division’s (PAD) Correspondence Management System, which will move that department from its current paper intensive approach to a digital-based environment.

Mr. Stuart told his audience: “The Cabinet has agreed that the proclamation date for Section 89A of the Barbados Constitution (Amendment) Act, and the Service Commissions Amendment Act 1975-48, which give effect to the establishment and operation of a Teaching Service Commission, will be October 16, 2017.

“Once these provisions are proclaimed, I will be moving to invite the Governor-General to appoint the members of the Commission. The establishment of the Teaching Service Commission will intensify the attention given to the teaching community and provide a medium through which their concerns are appropriately ventilated.”

The Prime Minister said the commission was being established to give effect to calls from the teachers’ representative bodies for a mechanism to directly address issues specifically related to the teaching service.

“I am also of the view that this sector of the Public Service has been growing rapidly and deserves, therefore, a body which it can identify as its own and which would ensure that matters related to the recruitment, appointment, promotion and discipline of teachers are given specific focus,” he contended.

Mr. Stuart noted that a Teaching Service Commission had been on the cards for about 43 years.

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