Pension arrangements for auxiliary staff are among things the Minister of Education believes school administrators could do for non-teaching staff in schools. The suggestion came amidst a call from the minister, for school administrations to do more at providing better opportunities for non-teaching staff. This was highlighted by Mr. Thwaites at the launch of Kingston Bookshop's Education Support Staff Achievement (KBESSA) awards.
Mr. Thwaites noted that the success being enjoyed by schools Islandwide was down to team work within the schools and that teams are made up of not just teaching staff but also non-teaching staff. Non-teaching staff comprise of bursars, secretaries, caretakers, canteen staff, cleaners etc.
It is hoped that the KBESSA competition, which is held annually, will provide a new drive for non-teaching staff members as well as act as a motivator. It is open to schools Islandwide and it is aimed at acknowledging and rewarding non-teaching staff members who have played a commendable role at the school by which they are being nominated.
Administrators of schools are required to compile a 150 word essay about a candidate that the school believes is deserving of this award. The essay will address the individual’s general involvement in the life of the school.