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Education ministry plans for sickout by public school teachers

Published:Sunday | March 11, 2018 | 3:23 PM

The education ministry says it has put in place contingency plans to ensure that provisions are made for the safety and security of students in public schools tomorrow.

This comes amid reports that public school teachers are planning to stage a sickout over a wage dispute with government.

Public school teachers have rejected the government's offer of a 16 per cent wage increase over four years.

"Regional Response Teams (RRTs) comprising officers from the Ministry of Education, select tertiary institutions, secondary schools student bodies and the National Parent Teachers Association of Jamaica are being briefed and placed on standby alert to take charge of classes as of tomorrow March 12 for the duration of the school day," the education ministry stated in a release issued this afternoon.

It said school boards will then decide on whether to continue classes, of which they will notify parents via advisories that will be given students at the end of the school day tomorrow.

This contingency is being put in place for 760 Primary, All Age and Primary and Junior High Schools and 171 High Schools.

It says further that parents with students at Special Education Schools and Departments, as well as Infant Schools and Infant Departments, will be alerted through the media, telephone calls and the schools’ SMS to collect their children at school as soon as they are advised of the industrial action.

Parents will be further asked to keep their children at home for the period of the industrial action.

In the meantime, the education ministry says the following activities have been postponed for tomorrow:

  • All training for the Alternative Pathways to Secondary Education (APSE) programme;
  • Principal Leadership Training;
  • All meetings scheduled for tomorrow morning with ministry officers.