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JTA president issues call to action

Published:Thursday | May 16, 2013 | 9:05 AM

President of the Jamaica Teachers’ Association (JTA), Clayton Hall has urged teachers not to sit by and allow the government to change their leave entitlements.



Hall issued the call to action in a message sent to teachers in which he told them to get ready for a revolution.



“The time is at hand when a minister can unilaterally announce the removal of benefits we have fought tooth and nails for.



We must now indicate in unequivocal terms our dissatisfaction with the short-sighted and educationally retrograde step proposed by the minister,” the BlackBerry message read.



During his Sectoral Debate presentation yesterday, Education Minister, Ronald Thwaites said the Ministry has suspended the granting of study leave to teachers on the grounds that it is unsustainable and unaffordable.



The Minister also announced that changes will be made to the vacation and sick leave system because the associated cost is unsustainable.



Thwaites said it costs the Government $2.5 billion per year to cover teachers on study leave, with $574 million owed to schools for substitute teachers.



It is not clear what action is being contemplated by the JTA, but Hall has asked them to remain on the alert.



“We can't just sit by ... this is a call to action.

Keep your ears peeled.



Broadcast to teachers, get ready for the revolution as this is the right direction,” Hall urged.



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