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Coercing of teachers to relocate can’t work, says JTA

Published:Tuesday | December 24, 2013 | 12:24 PM

The Jamaica Teachers’ Association (JTA) is rejecting claims that it is against the relocation of teachers.



According to JTA president, Dr Mark Nicely, the organisation has only rejected attempts by Education Ministry officials to bully teachers into relocating to other schools where their services are needed.



He was reacting to the revelation by the Education Minister Ronnie Thwaites that the government is seeking to make deliberate changes to the education regulations governing the tenure of teachers.



Speaking on ‘Independent Talk’ on Power 106FM, Dr Nicely, called the development unfortunate.



He is insisting that the education ministry engages the teaching body in amicable discussions to establish a relocation protocol.



The Education Regulation prohibits the mandatory transfer of teachers, and so Dr Nicely says it is important to arrive at a protocol for voluntary transfer.



He also is maintaining that in the event of a transfer teachers do not lose their benefits.



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