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Former JTA boss stands by comments on Thwaites

Published:Saturday | June 1, 2013 | 12:26 PM

The embattled former president of the Jamaica Teachers’ Association, the JTA, Dorian Dixon is refusing to back down from perceived derogatory comments he made in reference to Education Minister Ronald Thwaites.



Dixon and another former JTA president Paul Adams have been facing widespread criticisms for remarks they used to characterise the ongoing impasse between the ministry of education and public-sector teachers.



In his comments, Dixon referred to the impasse over leave entitlements for public-sector teachers as a clash between a puss and a mongrel dog.



However, speaking yesterday at the annual general meeting of the JTA’s St Ann chapter, Dixon was unrepentant, telling teachers,“If you allow anybody to take away your voice, you have lost your humanity and you are better off dead”.



He is among three candidates contesting the election for president of the JTA for 2014-2015 which takes place between June 17 and 21.



The others are Anthony Williams and Ann Geddes Nelson who told the teachers that as professionals, they must act accordingly.



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