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Teachers to minimise disruption as they press gov't for better wages - JTA

Published:Sunday | May 3, 2015 | 5:24 PM

President of the Jamaica Teachers' Association (JTA), Doran Dixon, says the nation's educators will not allow their strident advocacy for a better wage offer to impact students.

His comments come as teachers at some schools across the country last week protested the Government's five per cent pay increase offer. Teachers and other public sector workers have gone without an increase amid a five-year wage freeze.

The JTA had requested a 25 per cent increase over two years.

Addressing a congregation at the William Knibb Memorial Baptist Church in Falmouth, Trelawny this morning to launch Education Week, Dixon described the resistance by the country's 26,000 teachers to the Government's wage offer as a "righteous struggle", which required the zeal of the country's national heroes.

However, the JTA president says teachers remain committed to education and will be making the effort to minimise any disruption to teaching and learning in schools.

In his message for Education Week, Dixon said this morning that the education of the country's children is not the sole responsibility of teachers.
He says all stakeholders, including parents and students, must share the responsibility for education.