Baptist Union (JBU) has a long and distinguished history in
Education in Jamaica. However with each successive generation, the
knowledge of the role of the JBU and its work in Education could diminish if we
are not deliberate in guarding against that possibility. This
Sheet is meant to assist in that continuing education task.
Did you know that the JBU owns 156 schools categorised as church
owned and government leased? They are further grouped as follows: -
- 2 Baptist High Schools
- 1 Trust School (The JBU is one of four trustees)
- 86 Early Childhood Institutions/Basic Schools/Infant
- 67 Schools in the categories of; All Age, Primary, Primary Infant,
Primary Junior High
know that the JBU has governance responsibility for all these
The JBU recommends persons for appointment to School Boards. This is
usually done in consultation with the local church where the school
is connected to a local church. Recommendations are sent by the JBU
to the National Council On Education en route to the Minister of
Leased Schools-Where a school is categorised as government -leased
the denomination has responsibility for naming the Chairman only.
schools: In the case of church owned schools the following
Primary & All age Schools: A Board of not less than nine (9)
persons, four (4) of these persons, persons including the chairman
should be nominated by the denomination.
High Schools: Administered by a Board of not less than nineteen
(19) - members. Seven (7) members including the chairman should be
nominated by the denomination.
Childhood Institution: That which obtains for the boards of primary
schools is usually applied.
Did you know that it is the responsibility of the JBU to endorse all
recommendations for Principals?
- When the
position of principal becomes vacant the JBU should be informed.
- Should the
need exist the Education Committee of the JBU will provide guidance
on the procedure in filling the post.
- The JBU should be kept abreast of the process which includes
advertisement and the short listing of candidates and should be
invited to sit as observer during the interview process.
- In the case of church owned and government leased schools the
denomination must provide a letter of endorsement to the - --
Ministry of Education in order for the appointment to be considered.
It should be appreciated that the JBU cannot provide such
endorsement unless the relevant documents have been seen by the JBU
and it is satisfied concerning the process observed and the
recommendation(s) made by the Board.
Did you know that each year the JBU organizes a Baptist Awareness
Each year the
JBU observes Baptist Awareness Week during the third week in
November. This year it will be observed on November 17-23. The
observance usually includes a broadcast on Christ for Today (aired
on the Sunday on RJR @ 6:00 am).
Additionally, information concerning some aspect of Baptist history
and work is usually circulated to all of our schools and churches to
be shared with students and staff. We encourage you to observe this
week in your schools with the assistance of the material received
from us each year.
- This year
the focus will be on William Knibb.
Did you know that the JBU has School Custodians?
The JBU has a number of volunteers most of whom are retired
educators that we regard as school custodians. They are expected to
develop and maintain relationships with schools in their respective
areas, serving as a link between the JBU Education Committee and the
schools. We will in short order provide you with the name and
contact information of the person assigned to your area and ask that
you be receptive of their visits and interest shown in the schools.
Merlyn Hyde-Riley (Rev. Mrs.)
Associate General Secretary
Youth, Education & Training