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JTA's past president defends controversial speech

Published:Friday | May 31, 2013 | 7:15 PM

Past president of the Jamaica Teachers' Association (JTA) Paul Adams says his controversial speech in St Elizabeth may have been misinterpreted as he intended to offend no one.

He was speaking at a JTA forum in Trelawny today where he addressed comments in which he had said, the education minister Ronald Thwaites may have been on cocaine when he announced changes to the leave entitlement of teachers.

Adams explained that he was merely referring to the cocaine which is used to numb the tooth during an extraction.

He says the drug is usually discombobulating and he has felt the effect in the past.

He said he will not be side-tracked in forwarding the cause of the teacher.

Teachers and the education minister have been at odds since the announcement of the changes to be made to the leave system.

The teachers have suspended meetings with the ministry.

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