Low teacher, student turnout as protests over compensation scheme continue

There are reports of low teacher and student turn out on Thursday in some schools, as public school teachers continue their protest, to further register their rejection of the governments latest offer, under the new restructured compensation scheme.

This, after delegates of the Jamaica Teachers Association voted against the offer during a meeting on Wednesday.

Over 300 votes were cast by the delegates supporting a resolution calling for the government to do more for the education sector.

In a statement on Wednesday evening, the JTA said, in light of the vote of the delegates, normality could not be guaranteed in schools, today.

Irie Fm understands that some teachers have stayed off the job, calling in sick, while others have turned up at school but are participating in sit ins.

In Clarendon, the president of the Clarendon Teachers Association, Harold Barnaby said more than a half of public school teachers did not turn up for duties.

Meantime, principal of the Hopewell High school in Hanover, Byran Grant, told Irie Fm news that 50% of his teachers called in sick on Thursday morning.

Schools in St Ann and Portland are reportedly operating at near normal levels, with only a few teachers absent.

The education ministry has indicated that it is awaiting a report on the impact of the island wide industrial action.


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