Waugh Richards blasts 'undermining' JTA members
Christopher Thomas, Gleaner Writer
Georgia Waugh Richards, immediate past president of the Jamaica Teachers' Association (JTA), has blasted members who seek to undermine the leadership.
While addressing Monday's opening session of the JTA's 54th annual conference at the Hilton Rose Hall Hotel in Montego Bay, Waugh Richards criticised members who go against the organisation's protocol and independently take its business to the media.
"When your next president comes, don't do like you have done, to say 'she can tan deh' or 'him can tan deh, mi a go a school,' and then you write to the media and call (talk show host) Cliff Hughes and say 'mi cry cree'," Waugh Richards said.
Church Teachers' College principal Dr Garth Anderson is the new JTA president.
"It can't be that you have an association where we're taking a stand, and you have parish presidents going to school and go gather 'pickney' under tree, all when school gate lock. It can only get better if we demand better," Waugh Richards said.
"United we stand, divided we fall. Back out of the JTA if you're not a warrior, and allow some real JTA people to lead the charge. Leave the JTA alone and stop criticise and carry news around."
This year's three-day conference is being held under the theme "Promoting the Teaching Profession: A Beacon of Hope and Inspiration to our Nation."