JTA Gives Gov’t 30-days To Develop Anti-Violence Plan For Schools


The Jamaica Teachers’ Association, JTA, is giving the government 30-days to implement what it’s describing as an anti-violence plan for schools.

JTA President, Owen Speid, issued the ultimatum as he addressed a media conference at the association’s office in Kingston today.

Mr. Speid says while a last resort, industrial action is among the options available to the JTA if the Holness administration fails to respond favorably.

Mr Speid says some teachers are living in fear.

The JTA president recognized a number of teachers and students who’ve lost their lives in violent incidents.

He also highlighted some of the recent violent incidents at schools across the island.

It’s why he’s calling on the government to increase security in and around schools.

Mr. Speid is also demanding that the government come up with a plan of action in the next 30 days.

Stevian Simmonds is an investigative journalist with almost 3 years of experience in radio broadcasting, production and reporting. She graduated from Caribbean School of Media and Communication in 2014 and joined Nationwide News in 2016. In 2018, she produced a special report examining the working conditions of the Bussiness Process Outsourcing Industry. She worked undercover as a call center agent for a month, revealing the lack of data protection and general security infrastructure in the industry. Her report also highlighted the poor working conditions and remuneration faced by workers in the industry. In 2018, Stevian traveled to New Delhi India where she participated in the Inaugural WHO Partners Forum benefiting from critical training related to reporting on women’s and children’s health issues.

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