ST CATHERINE, Jamaica— The education community is mourning the passing of Jennifer Gidden, the vice principal of Charlemont High School in Linstead, St Catherine.
She died this morning on her way to the hospital.
“She had been ailing for some time,” a member of the Jamaica Teachers Association’s St Jago District Association told OBSERVER ONLINE
Gidden is believed to be the sixth educator to have died suddenly in the past eight days.
Minister of Education and Youth, Fayval Willams, has expressed “deep sadness” and extended condolences to the immediate families and school communities of the educators.
Williams, in a statement Tuesday afternoon, noted the passing of mathematics lecturer at the Portmore Community College, Gregory Williams, who died on May 11; principal of the Vere Technical High School, Antoinette Banton-Ellis, who died May 12; Ann Marie Johnson Lindo, vice principal of the Duncans All-Age School in Trelawny, who also died on May 12; Carlos Gordon, a grade 6 teacher of One Way Preparatory School in Kingston, who passed on May 14; and Donnalee Wright, of the Tarrant High School in St Andrew, who died Monday, May 16.