JTA now informs Dixon he has been axed
Livern Barrett, Gleaner Writer
Embattled educator Doran Dixon was officially informed by the Jamaica Teachers' Association (JTA) this morning that his name has been removed from the ballot for its upcoming presidential elections.
This was communicated in a letter emailed to Dixon by Faithlyn Meeks Ellis, a secretary/supervisor at the JTA's Church Street offices in Kingston.
The letter, which is signed by Adolph Cameron, the Secretary General of the JTA, said "we wish to officially advise you that the presidents of the association, acting on behalf of the General Council, have decided to remove your name from the ballot."
Yesterday the JTA issued a release saying the decision was taken on Saturday during a special meeting of its Credential Committee.
Cameron's letter explained that "this action was taken consequent on the meeting held with the candidates on May 29 and with yourself following that meeting."
Dixon has been under pressure to publicly apologise for perceived derogatory remarks he made in reference to education minister Ronald Thwaites.
"It is our belief that you had been given sufficient opportunity to retract the unfortunate comments reported in the media on May 24," Cameron wrote.
"You further compounded the matter by your action and comments at the (St Ann) parish meeting on Friday," the letter noted.
The meeting referred to was a May 29 sitdown with the five presidential candidates and further meeting with Dixon afterwards.
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