JTA president chides Thwaites for defending use of fingerprint machines in schools

Publication Date: 
Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Owen Speid, President of the Jamaica Teachers' Association (JTA) has taken Opposition Spokesman on Education Ronald Thwaites to task for defending the use of fingerprint machines to collect registration data from teachers.

Mr. Thwaites has said, by his estimation, about a quarter of high schools in Jamaica have purchased the identification machines.

He has also criticised the Ministry of Education for bowing to pressure from the JTA to disregard the use of the machines.

Speaking Tuesday on the Morning Agenda on Power 106, Mr. Speid refuted the statistics quoted by Mr. Thwaites, arguing that it was unfortunate that a former education minister would issue misleading information to the public.

"(Mr. Thwaites) said that 25 per cent of the school principals are using the biometric data collection machine. That is not true, because it's only 25 schools across the island out of 1300-plus schools that are using that machine from all reports," he insisted.

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