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Thank a teacher today

Published:Wednesday | May 9, 2012 | 12:00 AM
Lasco Teacher of the Year Tracy-Ann Beckford reads to the students at Angels Primary School in St Catherine on National Reading Day yesterday. - Rudolph Brown/ Photographer

Nadisha Hunter, Staff Reporter

As the nation celebrates Teachers' Day today, the Jamaica Teachers' Association (JTA) says it will continue to lobby for better working conditions for the island's educators to carry out their jobs effectively.

JTA president, Paul Adams, yesterday hailed teachers for their hard work, saying they continued to be dedicated to the nation's children, often going beyond the call of duty.

Adams said the JTA would continue to use its regular forum to push for a better way of life for teachers, including adequate resources as they continue to perform their duties to high standards.

He called for the members of the public, especially taxpayers, to better support education by actively playing their part to improve the system.

"I want persons who are short-paying over their taxes to understand the importance of their obligations in order for education to reach its appropriate (level)," he said. "I am emphasising that because I believe that as a nation, it is important for persons to understand that their obligation towards education includes their tax compliance."

Ideal opportunity

Education Minister Ronald Thwaites, in his Teachers' Day message, said the nation had been presented with the ideal opportunity to give due recognition to members of the profession, whose outstanding contribution to nation building is worthy of high praises.

"Teaching is a profession, about which there can be little doubt as to the importance it plays as a service to human development. In this regard, the entire Jamaican society remains indebted to the selfless sacrifice that our teachers have individually and collectively made in service to our nation's children and pupils at all levels," Thwaites said.

"Simply put, teachers are the creators of positive social consciousness. They directly mould or otherwise influence the character, values, and attitudes that are retained within society."

In her own message, Alison Cross, executive director of the Jamaican Foundation for Lifelong Learning, saluted the work done by all the foundation's teachers.

"Every day they use their own creativity, tenacity, and drive, along with lots of praise and love, to give Jamaica's youth and adult learners a second chance to achieve their personal dreams, gain employment, and achieve promotions, to become better parents and citizens, and become stronger entrepreneurs and play their part in making Jamaica the place of choice to live, work, raise families, and to do business," Cross said.

nadisha.hunter@gleanerjm.com