Stay the course, JTA

Tuesday, March 18, 2014    

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Dear Editor,

The Jamaica Teaching Council (JTC) in its drive of transforming the teaching and learning landscape is adamant that they are under no circumstance in sympathy mode.

The criteria being used to move teaching to another level has to be approached with a much more keen and objective look at the varied experience of schools across the isalnd.

Some schoolteachers will be victimised in the thrust of the JTC to see their way without looking at latent problems which exist.

Independent persons should be placed to monitor schoolteachers who are being ostracised by their co-workers. When under the microscope the real truth will be seen. If proper evidence gathering is pursued the platform for justice will be mounted. But if proper mechanisms are not at the forefront of the teachers' needs then the archaic measures are going to take center stage and cause chaos.

What can impotent teachers do when the individuals who are vested with the critical responsibility to oversee their affairs are not true and are corrupted by the system as crucial middlemen? The JTC must now wake up to see the concerns of teachers before this agonising legislation is in full gear.

Jamaica Teachers' Association (JTA) must continue in the interest of the teachers and seek mechanisms to block this legislation from being a part of the way forward. The transgressions against teachers must be corrected urgently. There are too many people in this system with axes to grind. I implore the JTA to take these teaching council proposals very seriously, because when it has been enacted it will be hard for some schoolteachers.

Paris Taylor

Greater Portmore





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