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Gleaner Editors' Forum | Teachers' association will not dictate to schools on dress code

Published:Friday | September 14, 2018 | 12:00 AM
Owen Speid, president-elect of the Jamaica Teachers' Association, makes a point while addressing a Gleaner Editors' Forum at the newspaper's North Street offices in Kingston yesterday.

The Jamaica Teachers' Association (JTA) has said that it will not dictate to schools on what their respective dress codes should be.

In his comments at a Gleaner Editors' Forum yesterday at the company's North Street offices in Kingston, President of the JTA Garth Anderson said that this should be determined by the school and its stakeholders.

"School administrators and parents must work out those rules and those technicalities. I don't think we should dictate because different environments and different situations call for different responses. I think modesty is what we are aiming for," Anderson said.

JTA president-elect Owen Speid is of the view that schools have the capacity to set their own dress codes.

"There is no need to micromanage. I think the schools, the boards, the parent-teacher associations, they are well equipped and they can manage to set their own rules," Speid insisted.

Last month, the Ministry of Education released new policy guidelines on dress and grooming for public institutions to serve as a guide to schools when developing their own dress and grooming codes.