Ministry: Educators With Certification Exemption

September 22, 2019 | 4 Comments

The Ministry of Education have released a list of individuals who may take up employment as educators at a Bermuda public or private school without a teacher certification.

A Government spokesperson said, “As required by the Bermuda Educators Council [BEC] Act 2002, the Ministry of Education recently gazetted a list of individuals who may take up employment as educators at a Bermuda public or private school [for the year 2019/20] without a teacher certification.

“Typically, all Bermuda Public and Private School teachers are required to hold a BEC teachers certification license. However, under special circumstances exemptions are approved when the Minister of Education, acting on the advice of the BEC Exemption Committee, determines that there is a need in Bermuda public and private schools for persons who possess knowledge of, and skills in, particular positions that are difficult to fill.

“Requests for exemptions are sent to the BEC Exemption Committee from Principals in order to fill a need for their respective school. The BEC Exemption Committee vets the request and then sends a request for exemption to the Minister of Education. Requests that are sent forward by the Exemption Committee are usually accompanied by specific stipulations for each individual.

“It is important to note that persons who are granted exemptions under the Bermuda Exemption Order are normally restricted to conditions of exemption – which typically states that the evidence of current enrollment in, or pending completion of, a teacher certification programme to be submitted to the Exemption Council Committee by a specified date.”

The Minister of Education Diallo Rabain commented, “All Bermuda Public and Private Schools are taught by highly skilled and trained educators.

“Before any teacher is employed, they must undergo a rigorous vetting process to determine that they meet all requirements of employment as a teacher in Bermuda by the Bermuda Educators Council.

“Exemptions are granted every year and the Exemption Committee ensures that the individuals, whose names are submitted for an exemption, are of the highest caliber.”

The full Gazetted exemptions for 2019/2020 follow below [PDF here]:

The full Bermuda Educators Council Act 2002 follow below [PDF here]:

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  1. Wahoo says:

    Say what?

  2. Question says:

    Well fine. After all, it’s not an important job. Not an issue if they’re not properly qualified, is it?

  3. Cow Polly says:

    What is the criteria for granting exemptions?

  4. Bermuda says:

    This is insane. My daughter has a Master’s Degree in her field and is in the government school system but she was told she must complete a PGSE in addition to what she has. How crazy is this that others do not have to be certified.

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