Teachers ditched their duty, crucified their conscience, and buried their morals for 3 days, 3 nights

Friday, March 16, 2018

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Dear Editor,

With teachers being the latest set of gangsters, led by the Jamaica Teachers' Association, who is there now to mould or guide our students?

Without a doubt, it is apparent to all that the brouhaha involving the teachers' union recently is laced with a bright orange political overtone. In the rush to disagree with and oppose the current Government, the teachers ditched their core duty, crucified their conscience, and buried their morals for three days and three nights to give the People's National Party a voice for a moment.

While I'm not surprised by this bunch, what disturbs me are the less than educated or congruent arguments trying to validate their wretched action.

I can't help but reflect on their combined and consistent paltry performance in the classroom year after year that is seen in students' exams results.

I presumed that, as education guardians, they understood the wage issue, which is nothing more than simple math: You cannot minus a bigger figure from a smaller one and get a positive result.

So, after the protest, the original figure of 16 per cent is still on and not a digit higher. My question now is this: How effective was the strike?

Here is an observation, if an example was made the first or second time the teachers neglected their duties and behaved in this manner years ago it could not have recurred a third time. So I'm placing some blame on the Government for what is happening. If you are in charge, act like it! You are employer; you make the rules for your employees, and where they deviate ensure sanctions follow.

Our students need good examples to follow. If they cannot get it from teachers our future as a nation is very bleak.

We are very much aware that one can only reap what one sows. When it is time to cut the public sector I hope the Government will know which sectors to start with.

The Jamaica Teachers' Association is now pleading victimisation, but wasn't that what they did to the hapless and impressionable students preparing for exams who relied on their guidance in the classrooms for three days, March 12 - 14, 2018?

J Edwards


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