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JTA disassociates from Dixon's comments

Published:Monday | May 27, 2013 | 1:05 PM

Debbie-Ann Wright, News Editor - Radio

The president of the Jamaica Teachers’ Association is disassociating the organisation from disparaging remarks made by a former president in relation to the conflict between teachers and the education minister.

At a meeting recently, Former President of the JTA, Doron Dixon, characterised the dispute as being between a "mongrel dog and a lion-hearted cat".

The current JTA president, Clayton Hall says he will be meeting with Dixon after which the association will determine how it will address the matter.

However, Hall says the JTA does not support the use of its platform to berate anyone.

Hall says the comments by Dixon and some other teachers have distracted from the substantive issue about which the JTA is concerned.

Veteran educator Esther Tyson has described the utterances by Dixon as appalling, questioning the message being sent to children regarding conflict resolution by the senior teacher.

She has called for the JTA to have Dixon apologise to the education minister.

President of the Jamaica Theological Seminary, Reverend Garnett Roper, has also called for an apology to Thwaites.


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