UPDATE: JTA asks for conciliatory meeting to be postponed
The Jamaica Teachers' Association (JTA) has told the Labour Ministry that it cannot attend a meeting aimed at resolving its current wage impasse with the government until Wednesday.
The Ministry of Labour had called an emergency conciliation meeting among the JTA, the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Finance and the Public Service for 2 o'clock Tuesday afternoon.
The meeting was called in response to reports of islandwide industrial action by government paid teachers.
But in a letter to the ministry Tuesday afternoon, the JTA said while it is willing to meet, based on its structure, it is unable to assemble its team at such short notice.
IN PHOTO: JTA president Georgia Waugh Richards with Secretary General Byron Farquharson
The JTA has proposed Wednesday morning at 10 o'clock.
The Education Ministry today had to expand its contingency plans as the protest action entered a second day.
Education Minister Senator Ruel Reid has reiterated that schools should not be closed without prior approval from the Ministry.
The ministry said student teachers from the Catholic College of Mandeville, Northern Caribbean University, Caribbean Maritime University and Sam Sharpe Teachers’ College were deployed to provide additional support.
30 primary schools checked were in session with a low student turnout.
One primary school closed.
Region 2 (Portland, St Thomas and St. Mary)
45 schools checked were in session but they all had low student and teacher turnout.
Castleton, Marlborough, Marymount reported that no student showed up for school.
Five schools checked were up and running with a low turnout of both students and teachers.
35 schools checked were in operation but with a low student and teacher turnout.
The Goodwill All Age, Providence and Howard Cooke Primary Schools were closed.
The ministry said seven schools checked were up and running, but student turnout was low.
Six schools checked in operation.
Jonathan Grant and Ewarton Primary Schools are closed.