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Questions for Mr Speid

Published:Wednesday | February 12, 2020 | 12:21 AM


I would like to pose two questions to Jamaica Teachers’ Association (JTA) President Owen Speid.

Since his tenure began, Mr Speid has been vocal, rightfully so, on behalf of the teachers he represents.

However, two recent things taking place in the news have caused me to pose these questions.

1) Mr Speid has constantly bemoaned the conditions under which teachers work. Not the least of which is the ratio of teachers to students in the classroom.

Can he explain how, at the recent hearing regarding the teacher at Pembroke Hall High school, he managed to lead scores of teachers in solidarity of the teacher?

What happened to those students for the better part of the day?

2) Persons are quick to highlight actions of rogue cops wherever situations come to light. Mr Speid’s silence regarding the teacher arrested and charged for impersonating a police officer and illegal possession of a firearm is deafening.

This is someone responsible for shaping the minds of our children.

Not only was he in possession of an illegal firearm, but a subsequent search of his home turned up ammunition and spent shells, among other things.

Come on, Mr Speid. An answer to the first scenario is needed, while at least a statement on the latter is required.