THE EDITOR, Sir:
At the Jamaica Teachers' Association conference, Education Minister Ronald Thwaites extended an olive branch to hundreds of teachers and the top brass of the JTA. It was clear to everyone that the minister was eager to mend the fence and get on with the business of fixing the education system.
Unfortunately, president-elect of the JTA, Doran Dixon, throughout the minister's speech, displayed petulant, churlish, puerile, boorish and rude behaviour. He even walked off the platform as soon as the minister started speaking to the audience for no apparent reason, with an annoyed expression masking his face.
In his vote of thanks, Mr Dixon descended into a vitriolic tirade, which only served to embarrass himself, his organisation and the teachers he represents.
As an educator, I cry for my colleagues, students and my country in general. God help us if this is the person who is in succession to lead the once prestigious JTA!