JTA president for parents meeting at JC
Newly-installed president of the Jamaica Teachers' Association (JTA) Norman Allen, will be the main speaker at the Jamaica College Parent-Teachers' Association's (JTA) first meeting for the academic year, set for Monday, September 21.
The meeting, which will be held inside the Karl Hendrickson Auditorium, will begin at 4 p.m. and will also be addressed by the principal, Ruel Reid.
The JTA president, who is a past student of JC, said he has fond memories of his time at the institution.
"I started Jamaica College in 1983 ... . When I got there, Mr Carlton Alexander was the chairman of the board and Mr Ruel Taylor would have been principal back then. I have always wanted to go to Jamaica College because outside of the fact that you knew Jamaica College to be one of those outstanding institutions, JC was the only institution that I can remember, at the time, that did not wear khaki uniforms. So coming out of primary school and seeing the blue uniform, I wanted to be part of that because it signified a difference."
Allen pointed out that his leadership abilities were discovered while participating in the cadet unit at JC. Those skills he said were further developed when he became a member of the JTA and later in his stints as principal of Bois Content Primary and Four Paths Primary and Junior High School.
Now that he has taken up leadership of the JTA, Allen hopes to carry on the work of his father, Sherlock Allen, who also served as president of the association between 1994 and 1995.
educating the nation
"I am a strong union person, I believe in representation ... and the teachers put me there because they are confident that I will be their voice and I will ensure that the issues that affect them in the classroom are properly articulated and also that their rights are protected," he said.
Turning his attention to the new school year, Allen made a call for teachers to commit to educating the nation's children. "I am saying to teachers, hold strong; recognise that you were placed there for a cause. We have a mission and our mission is educating the nation, and while we hold fast to that, stay free of violence, and I really hope that we do not have any incidence of violence in our schools this year," he said.