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'Abolish lesson plans in public schools'

Published:Wednesday | June 12, 2013 | 6:12 PM

Jovan Johnson, Gleaner Writer

One of the five candidates running for president of the Jamaica Teachers' Association (JTA) is advocating for the abolition of lesson plans in public schools.

Stevie Williams is arguing that national exams do not take into consideration the personal methods used by teachers to impart their lessons.

He said with a national curriculum in place, there is no need for teachers to undertake what he called a task of endless labouring.

Williams and another candidate, Anne Geddes-Nelson joined in questioning the practicality of the Government's decision to freeze the hiring of teachers this year.

Speaking at the same event, a third candidate Francis Malcolm hinted that he would push for a salary increase as teachers have been out in the wilderness since the last increase in 2008.

For her part Winnie Anderson-Brown, lashed the media for the coverage of the campaign and noted that teachers won't accept what she called “anymore rudeness” from Jamaican entities.

And the embattled former president of the JTA, Doran Dixon, told teachers that trivia is being used to shift attention from the leave entitlements dispute with the education ministry.

He said answers need to be given to those teachers who applied for study leave effective September.

The five candidates were speaking at the St Andrew parish teachers' association general meeting at the JTA headquarters in Kingston this afternoon.

The JTA will elect its president for the 2014-2015 period between June 18 and 19.


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