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School CP - April 2005

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Freeport News, Bahamas, 15 April 2005

New education law more comprehensive


CAYMAN ISLANDS, APRIL 14 -- The Education and Training Law passed by the Legislative Assembly in the final Meeting of the 2004/05 Session is more comprehensive and modern than earlier drafts of the document, said Minister of Education Roy Bodden recently.

Mr. Roy Bodden"This is an altogether different law," said Mr. Bodden. "It spells out the responsibilities of the various entities involved in education in unambiguous terms."

The extensive new law provides for the establishment of an Education Appeals Tribunal, incorporates the Schools' Inspectorate into the law, modernizes the function of Education Council and allows for the appointment of a National Training Board, Mr. Bodden said.


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The Law also abolishes corporal punishment in schools, something Mr. Bodden said is not supposed to be happening now anyway.

Mr. Bodden said that since the first draft of the law was introduced last June, it had generally received good support.


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