CLAYON Hall, principal of Spanish Town High School in St Catherine, was declared president-elect designate of the Jamaica Teachers' Association (JTA) for the next academic year following his election victory over two rival candidates.
Hall polled more than 50 per cent of the 14,980 votes cast in the elections contested over the period June 20 to 24, a source close to the JTA told the Observer yesterday.
Hall defeated former president Wentworth Gabbidon, principal of Albert Town High in Trelawny, and Stevie Williams, principal of Auchtembeddie All Age in Manchester, following preliminary results of the vote count at the JTA's headquarters in Kingston.
Hall will be proclaimed president-elect at the opening of the JTA's 47th annual conference on August 22. At that time the current president-elect, Paul Adams, principal of Herbert Morrison Technical High in St James, will be installed as president, succeeding Nadine Molloy-Young.
Speaking with the Observer yesterday, Hall thanked the teachers for supporting his campaign, and vowed to focus on industrial relations and professional development for teachers during his tenure.
"It is my intention to ensure that teachers economic viability is no longer eroded, and secondly, to upgrade ourselves professionally so we keep ahead of cutting edge technology in education so that the students under our charge develop to their full potential," he said.
Commenting on the election, President Molloy-Young said more teachers took part in the election this year than last year. She said the JTA had also increased its membership.
"We expect great things from the new president-elect designate, and we expect the other candidates to continue to contribute significantly to the JTA and the education system," Molloy-Young said.
JTA delegation for South Africa
Meanwhile, a JTA delegation led by Molloy-Young will journey to Cape Town, South Africa later this month to attend the sixth world congress of Education International (EI).
EI is a global federation of about 400 unions in more than 170 countries and territories, representing 30 million teachers and education employees worldwide.
Molloy-Young will, after the congress, attend a meeting of the Caribbean Union of Teachers in Barbados.