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New JTA president installed, plans to fix electoral issues

Published:Friday | August 22, 2014 | 9:24 AM
Doran Dixon - File

Damion Mitchell, News Editor Radio & Online


The newly-installed president of the Jamaica Teachers’ Association (JTA) Doran Dixon has committed to fixing the electoral issues plaguing the teaching body.

Dixon was last night installed as the 50th president of the JTA for the 2014/2015 conference year.

However, a president-elect was not installed because of an existing court injunction.

Dixon says the JTA will not be ashamed.

Last night's JTA installation ceremony in Montego Bay, St James represented a rare instance when a president-elect was not officially proclaimed.

Last Friday, Georgia Waugh Richards filed an injunction in the Supreme Court blocking the proclamation of Norman Allen as president-elect.

Initially, Waugh Richards had been declared the winner polling 6,079 votes to Allen’s 5,996 votes.

However, Allen disagreed with the outcome and took the matter to court demanding a recount.

Following the recount, Allen was declared the winner after receiving 5,977 – that’s 179 more votes than what was received by Waugh Richards.

The JTA and Waugh Richards’ legal team are to return to court this morning to determine if all the documentation is in place for the hearing to begin.

Meanwhile, the new JTA president last night addressed another battle – the one that has long been simmering between the JTA and the Education Ministry.

Dixon says he wants a better relationship with the ministry.

Meanwhile, when the Education Minister, Ronnie Thwaites, faces teachers in Montego Bay today, he will be reminded that the educators are looking forward to life after a wage freeze.

He says it's not acceptable for teachers to be at a disadvantage at all times because of the economic challenges.

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