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Jamaican teachers threaten to strike

Regional 17 Feb, 2020 Follow News

Jamaican teachers are disgruntled

The Jamaica Teachers’ Association has issud a 30-day ultimatum demanding that the government respond to its call to address security and disciplinary issues affecting the nation’s schools.

JTA head Owen Speid said: “There are issues in certain areas, and what we are saying to the Government at this time is that they need to beef up security personnel in terms of trained officers — be it of the Jamaica Constabulary Force or other trained personnel — to be in the vicinity of schools, particularly at dismissal time, or when the children are about to enter the school premises. We are calling on them to provide more security for the schools during those critical moments.”

Speid said urgent attention should be given to security issues affecting schools, the student body and staff, noting that some of these issues have been previously articulated.

The association is calling for trained security personnel for schools, enhancement of resolution mechanisms to support the institutions, and for the introduction of more time-out facilities. The teachers also want a compensation mechanism to be introduced for school personnel who are injured on the job, and for legal sanctions against individuals who commit breaches on school premises.

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