'Do not play with education'
Nagra Plunkett, Assignment Coordinator
OPPOSITION LEADER Portia Simpson Miller yesterday made a last-minute appeal for the Government to act swiftly and stave off industrial action by disgruntled public-school teachers.
"I want to make an appeal to the Government at this late stage, the fact that the Prime Minister is on holiday. I'm appealing to the person in charge to instruct whichever minister to meet with the teachers, it's not too late," she pleaded during a People's National Party (PNP) Education Task Force and Policy Commission Forum at The Wexford Hotel in Montego.
"Have dialogue with the teachers, because it is the students who will suffer, and this country by extension, the consequences of any action by our educators."
The opposition leader also urged Finance Minister Audley Shaw to be mindful of his remarks to the teachers.
"Stop the rudeness, the arrogance and the crudeness! You are not master of the people of Jamaica, you are the servant of the people of Jamaica," she added. "You can find money, and we are checking where you are spending money where it should not be spent, and at the same time you are telling the teachers 'not one red cent'."
The PNP president argued that the Government needs to "consult, not insult, have dialogue instead of monologue".