Foreign teaching degrees to be evaluated locally

POSTED: 08/30/12 12:33 PM

St. Maarten -The service level agreement between St.Maarten and Curacao to have an evaluation council in the sister country vet the degrees and diplomas of foreign teachers who work on the island may not be in force much longer. Education Minister Silveria Jacobs made this announcement yesterday, after several weeks of the Windward Island Teachers Union (WITU) clamoring for St.Maarten to establish its own local council.
The minister said that a meeting was held with the Division of Exams to discuss the evaluation of foreign teaching degrees recently. Based on the presentation made by the exams division and the fact that two members of that agency possess training and certification to evaluate degrees, the minister took a decision.
“The SLA with the ATA of Curacao will not be renewed at the end of the year.”
The Division of Exams will now brief school boards and WITU on the new regulations that will be in place.
A data base will also be created to register all diplomas in the future.
To foster public awareness information will also be placed on the government’s website and in brochures for the general public.
All school boards who have not sent in the diplomas and degrees of their new teachers are also being asked to do so as soon as possible, the minister urged.

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