1   Short title

   2   Interpretation


The Council of Community Colleges of Jamaica

   3   Establishment of Council

   4   Functions of the Council

   5   Ministerial directions

   6   Appointment of officers and other employees

   7   Pensions, gratuities and other retiring benefits


Financial Provisions, Accounts and Reports

   8   Funds and resources of the Council

   9   Power to invest moneys

   10   Borrowing powers

   11   Power of Minister of Finance to guarantee loans to Council

   12   Accounts and audit

   13   Annual report and estimates

   14   Power of Minister to require returns

   15   Exemption from taxes and duties

   16   Recovery of debts



   17   Regulations




[Date of Commencement: December 28, 2001]

Act 29 of 2001.

Preliminary (sections 1-2)

1   Short title

   This Act may be cited as the Council of Community Colleges of Jamaica Act.

2   Interpretation

   In this Act-

   "chairman" means the chairman of the Council;

   "Council" means the Council of Community Colleges of Jamaica established under section 3;

   "community college" has the meaning assigned to it by section 2 of the Education Act.

The Council of Community Colleges of Jamaica (sections 3-7)

3   Establishment of Council

   (1) There is hereby established a body to be known as the Council of the Community Colleges of Jamaica, which shall be a body corporate to which section 28 of the Interpretation Act shall apply.

   (2) The provisions of the Schedule shall have effect as to the constitution of the Council and otherwise in relation thereto.

4   Functions of the Council

   The Council shall-

   (a)   supervise and co-ordinate the work of community colleges;

   (b)   promote the interests of community colleges;

   (c)   advise the Minister on policy and education matters relevant to community colleges;

   (d)   determine conditions for the holding of examinations leading to awards of degrees, diplomas or certificates or other awards to persons who have pursued an approved course of study at a community college;

   (e)   appoint such committees as it considers necessary for the furtherance of its functions;

   (f)   provide professional development opportunities for members of staff of community colleges;

   (g)   solicit or receive grants, donations, prizes or gifts on behalf of community colleges, subject to the approval of the Minister;

   (h)   implement public awareness programmes;

   (i)   consider, recommend or approve the curricula of community colleges;

   (j)   examine and assess the work of students in training at community colleges;

   (k)   determine all matters and disputes which may be referred to it by any community college;

   (l)   prescribe the conditions under which persons may be admitted as students of a community college or of any particular course of study within a community college;

   (m)   collaborate with other institutions, including institutions of further and higher education, in the provision of educational opportunities;

   (n)   institute such offices as the Council requires;

   (o)   perform such other functions as may be requisite to further its functions.

5   Ministerial directions

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   The Minister may, after consultation with the chairman, give to the Council such directions of a general character as to the policy to be followed by the Council in the performance of its functions as appear to the Minister to be necessary in the public interest and the Council shall give effect thereto.

6   Appointment of officers and other employees

   (1) The Council shall appoint and employ, at such remuneration and on such terms and conditions as the Council may determine, an Executive Director and such other officers and employees as the Council deems necessary for the proper carrying out of its functions:

   Provided that-

   (a)   no salary in excess of the prescribed rate shall be assigned to any post without the prior approval of the Minister; and

   (b)   no appointment shall be made to any post to which a salary in excess of the prescribed rate is assigned without the prior approval of the Minister.

   (2) For the purposes of subsection (1), the "prescribed rate" means such rate as the Minister may, by order prescribe.

   (3) The Governor-General may, subject to such conditions as he may impose, approve the appointment of any public officer in the service of the Government to any office within the Council, and any public officer so appointed shall, while so employed, in relation to any pension, gratuity or other allowance and in relation to any other rights as a public officer, be treated as continuing in the service of the Government.

7   Pensions, gratuities and other retiring benefits

   The Council may, with the approval of the Minister-

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