National Council for Education (NCE)

Belize District Regional Education Council

The function of Regional Education Councils

Belize District Education Council Members

  1. The function of Regional Education Councils is to assist the Ministry in planning and monitoring the delivery of educational services specified for geographical regions of the country.
  1. In executing this function, Regional Education Councils shall:

(a)    review all applications for a license, renewal of license, application for change in ownership, and other related factors, etc. by proprietors of schools in the region and submit its recommendations to the Chief Education Officer on the said matter;

(b)   make recommendations to the Chief Education Officer about the suspension or cancellation of the license of schools in the region where requested by the Chief Education Officer or where the Regional Education Council considers it expedient;

(c)    review and approve school rules and changes thereto for Ministry of Education and government-aided schools in the region;

(d)   review and make recommendations to the Chief Education Officer on fees charged by Ministry of Education and government-aided schools in the region;

(e)    review appeals submitted to it by parents or guardians with respect to decisions and actions by schools by which parents or guardians are aggrieved and shall submit their findings on such cases with recommendations for action to the Managing Authority of the school, copied to the Regional Board of Management responsible for the school and to the Chief Education Officer;

(f)    cause a triennial inspection of all schools in the education region and shall forward the findings and recommendations for actions to be taken to the Chief Education Officer, copied to the Managing Authority of the school and to the Regional Board of Management responsible for the school;

(g)   vet applications of teachers in the region for licenses to teach and shall submit recommendations to the Chief Education Officer with reasons for disapproval, if negative;

(h)   review, as requested by the Chief Education Officer, appeals by teachers in accordance with the Act, these Rules and other regulations, and shall submit its findings and recommendations on such cases to the Chief Education Officer with reasons for disapproval, if negative;

(i)     review annual reports submitted by District Education Officers, other reports of the relevance including reports on national and international examinations and assist in the
formulation of plans for the development of education in the region; and

(j)     consider matters relating to the various levels and types of education in the education region and shall make representations to the National Council for Education and to the Minister of Education on any such matters as it considers expedient.

  1. Each Regional Council shall consist of no more than eleven members from the education region and to be appointed by the Minister as follows:

(a)    the District Education Officer in charge of the education region, who shall be an ex-officio member and shall serve as secretary to the Regional Council; (E. Jahmor Lopez)

(b)   the Principal of a pre-school centre in the education region, selected by the Principals of the pre-schools in the education region;  (Mrs. Karen Lewis)

(c)    the Principal of a primary school in the education region, selected by the Principals of the primary schools in the education region;  (Mr. Felix Sutherland)

(d)   the Principal of a secondary school or institution in the education region, selected by the Principals of the secondary schools or institutions in the education region;  (Mrs. Lorna McKay)

(e)    two local representatives of Managing Authorities of the primary schools in the education region selected by the Managing Authorities of the primary schools in the education region;  (Pastor Lloyd Stanford and Pastor Leslie Gillett)

(f)    a local representative of the Managing Authorities of the secondary schools or institutions in the education region selected by the Association of Managing Authorities of Secondary Schools or Institutions (AMASS)  (Rev. Lance Lewis)

(g)   a local representative of the Association of Tertiary Level Institutions of Belize (ATLIB), selected by ATLIB.  (Mrs. Deborah Doming)

(h)   a local representative of the branch of the teachers union having the widest membership in the education region, selected by the Executive of such union; and  (Mrs. Coral Lord)

(i)     two local representatives of the business and/or community interests in the education region, recommended by the District Education Officer in charge of the region after consultation with the Principals and the Managing Authorities of the schools in the education region.  (Mr. Fred Shyu and Ms. Dawn Henry)

  1. (1)  There shall be a Chairman, Vice-Chairman and Secretary of the Regional Council.

(2)    The Chairman and Vice-Chairman shall be elected by members of the Regional Council from its   membership at its first meeting.

(3)   The District Education Officer in charge of the region shall be the Secretary of the Regional Council.

 

  1. (1)  The term of office of the members of the Regional Council, other than the ex-officio
    members, shall be for two years from the date of appointment but members shall be
    eligible for reappointment

(2)  A normal term of office shall begin on July 1

(3)   The Chairman may at any time resign his office by informing the Minister in writing of his resignation.

(4)    Any member of the Regional Council may resign his office by informing the Minister in writing, through the Chairman, of his resignation.

(5)    The Minister, on the recommendation of the Regional Council, shall terminate the appointment of a member who is disruptive to the work of the Regional Council, who is incapable of carrying out the work of the Regional Council, who violates required confidentiality of Regional Council matters, who is absent from three consecutive meetings of the Regional Council without sufficient cause in the opinion of the Regional Council, who no longer shows interest in the affairs of the Regional Council or who acts contrary to the interests of the Regional Council.

(6)    A person shall cease to be a member of the Regional Council if he no longer holds the post based on which he was nominated to the Regional Council.

(7)    Any vacancy on the Regional Council shall be filled by a replacement from the same category of persons as the former member and such a replacement shall be for the rest of the unexpired term of the person replaced.

  1. (1)  The Regional Council shall hold at least four meetings in every school year, one meeting being in July
    or August and one in each term of the school year.

(2)    Notice of every meeting shall be given and the agenda of the meeting and minutes of the previous meeting thereof circulated not less than seven days prior to the date of such meeting, provided that this shall not apply to special meetings.

(3)    The Chairman shall preside over all meetings of the Regional Council which he attends and in his absence the Vice-Chairman shall preside.  When both the Chairman and Vice-Chairman are absent or unable to preside, the members present shall choose one of their numbers, other than the Secretary, to act as Chairman.

(4)    Seven members of the Regional Council shall form a quorum at any meeting.

(5)    Decisions of the Regional Council at meetings thereof shall be taken by a simple majority of members present and voting.

(6)    No act or proceeding of the Regional Council or any committee thereof shall be invalidated on account of any vacancy among the members of the Regional Council or such committee.

7.  (1)  The Chairman may, at any time, summon a special meeting of the Regional Council
and shall call such a meeting within fourteen days if he receives:

(a)    a request for that purpose addressed to him in writing and signed by five members of the Regional Council; or

(b)    a directive to that effect addressed to him in writing by the Chief Education Officer.

 

(2)  A request for a special meeting shall state the specific purpose for which the meeting
is required and summoned and such meeting shall consider only the specific purpose
for which it was summoned.

8.  (1)  Minutes of each meeting shall be kept by the Secretary or such person as the Regional Council appoints   
for this purpose, and shall be confirmed at the next regular meeting of the Regional Council.

(2)  A copy of the confirmed minutes of each meeting shall be forwarded to the Chief Education Officer
within two weeks of the meeting at which they were confirmed.

(3)    The Regional Council shall maintain records of its proceedings.

9.  (1)  The Regional Council is empowered to appoint standing or ad hoc committees to execute specific responsibilities assigned under these Rules or as the need may arise from time to time; provided that among such standing committees to be appointed shall be:

(a)    a Pre-school Centre and Primary School Services Committee to oversee matters related to the establishment, management and operations of schools, and the licensing and employment of teachers in pre-school centres and primary schools;

(b)   a Secondary School Services Committee to oversee matters related to the establishment, management and operations of schools, and the licensing and employment of teachers in secondary schools;

(c)    a Student Welfare Committee to consider matters relating to the well-being of students, including admission and attendance of students, problems of non-participation, student assistance programmes and the school-community relationship; and

(d)   a Standards and Quality Committee to monitor the performance of schools, curriculum and textbooks, teacher development and student performance in examinations.

 

2.  Each standing or ad hoc committee shall include members appointed by the Regional Council from among its members.  However, the Regional Council can also appoint persons to standing or ad hoc committees who are not members of the Regional Council but who have specific expertise or interest in the portfolio of the committee.

3.  The Chairman of any standing or ad hoc committee formed by the Regional Council shall be a member of the Regional Council and shall be appointed by the Regional Council.

4.  The Regional Council shall decide the terms of office, powers and functions of every ad hoc committee it appoints.

5.  Decisions of standing or ad hoc committees shall be taken by a majority of members present and voting.



10.  The Regional Education Centre shall act as the secretariat for the Regional Education Council.

Belize District Education Council Members

Name

Organization

email

Phone

Jahmor Lopez

Ministry of Education

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668-7457

Karen Lewis

Pre School

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660-7871

Deborah Domingo

ATLIB

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629-0629

Coral Lord

BNTU

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625-3624

Felix Sutherland

BDAPP (Primary)

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620-9697

Lorna McKay

BAPSS (Secondary)

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600-1521

Dawn Henry

Business

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607-6135

Fred Shyu

Business

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610-2684

Pastor Lloyd Stanford

General Manager (Pr)

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610-1352

Pastor Leslie Gillett

General Manager (Pr)

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601-1672

Lance Lewis

Secondary Management

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601-2381


Chairperson  - Rev. Lance Lewis                                                                                  Vice Chairperson - Ms. Dawn Henry                                                                      Treasurer - Mr. Felix Sutherland

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