Former president Byron Farquharson is new JTA secretary general
The Jamaica Teachers' Associ-ation (JTA) has announced that former president Byron Farquharson is the new secretary general of the teachers' union effective February 1, 2015.
JTA President Doran Dixon told The Gleaner yesterday that Farquharson's appointment was approved during a special session of the JTA's General Council at its Church Street headquarters in Kingston on Saturday.
Farquharson replaces Patrick Smith, who goes on retirement leave on that date.
Smith was acting in the post after the retirement, earlier this year, of long-standing Secretary General Dr Adolph Cameron, who served for 12 years.
Farquharson has had a long and distinguished career in education. The former principal of Mandeville Primary and Junior High School has served as president of the JTA, the Caribbean Union of Teachers (CUT), and has received the Prime Minister's Medal of Honour for his service to education.
Farquharson is also a member of the JTA Honour Roll, being honoured in 2012. He has spent more than 45 years in the education system, starting as a pre-trained teacher at Fairfield All-Age School in Manchester at the age of 17.
He enrolled at Church Teachers' College in 1970. After graduating, he taught at several schools, including Alston Junior Secondary in Clarendon, Belair Preparatory, and Bellfield Junior Secondary before being appointed principal at Patrick Town All-Age in 1977, all three schools being in Manchester.
He later moved to Pepper All-Age in St Elizabeth before returning to Manchester to become principal at Mandeville Primary and Junior High in 1992.
Farquharson served as JTA president for the 1998-1999 term. He served the CUT between 1999 and 2007.