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JTA: Mutually agreed protocol needed to guide teacher relocation process

Published:Monday | December 16, 2013 | 6:42 PM

The Jamaica Teachers’ Association (JTA) is distancing itself from claims from the Education Ministry that attempts to have teachers relocate are being blocked.



JTA president Dr Mark Nicely says while, the association fully supports voluntary relocation, the Education Ministry is yet to establish a mutually agreed protocol to guide the process.



The JTA head says the education minister's claim that teachers earn tenure once they serve for one year in a clear vacant position is not accurate.



Nicely says after a year in a clear vacant position, teachers are to be evaluated and then school boards decide whether to appoint them or extend the probation period.



The Education Ministry is pursuing the relocation of the teachers as part of the the deal with the International Monetary Fund which puts a freeze on the hiring of new teachers.



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