Public school teachers stay home in wage related protest

A parent of Spanish Town Primary speaking with RJR's Devon Fletcher; Principal of Spanish Town Primary Marva Guest; Claudia Buyer, Principal of McCauley Primary in Spanish Town; RJR's Melville Harris in St. Elizabeth and Henry Shirley in St. Thomas


As widely expected, a significant number of public schools in Jamaica were affected by industrial action on Monday as teachers stayed home in protest against the government’s wage offer.

Some parents of primary and high school students were forced to put in place measures to accommodate their children elsewhere as several schools closed their doors.

Some schools allowed students onto the compound and made arrangements for their parents to collect them.

At others, students found the gates padlocked.

The Ministry of Education responded with what it said was its congingency measures, according to Colin Steer, the ministry’s Director of Corporate Communication.

He told RJR News that the ministry’s support personnel had been deployed to schools.

He said some parents were told by schools that teachers were on work-to-rule, sickout, sit-in or strike.

Mr. Steer said no instruction has been given to any school to close.


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