President’s Back to school message-September 2017

Publication Date: 
Tuesday, September 5, 2017

At the beginning of another year, we give the Almighty God thanks for allowing us this privilege as in the word of 1 Samuels 7 verse 12. “Thus far the Lord has helped us”

The beginning of the 2017/2018 School year comes with some of the many issues with which we grapple year after year, but given the determination of our parents and the steadfast Love of the Lord we face these challenges knowing well that we shall overcome.

This year the Jamaica Teachers Association focuses on Transforming the Education System through engagement, collaboration and solid leadership. Together we must transform our minds and hearts to work together to build a better Jamaica.

The Jamaica Teachers’ Association continues to lobby the government as well as collaborate with the Ministry of Education Youth and Information to ensure a smooth start to this year. As an Association we are mindful of the current economic situation affecting us as a country. We will however continue to make efforts to ensure the well being of all our members.

We look forward to the government of Jamaica sitting with us in a timely way with a dedicated effort to improving the lot of our teachers. Colleagues this week as we return to the bargaining table we will represent your concerns and your expectations in a strident way you have indeed given us a mandate and this we do not take likely.

Education as we know it is not free.  Education is a costly venture whether through direct or indirect taxes or parent contribution the education we receive must be paid for.  We urge all parents therefore to go to your schools and build partnerships.  Contribute to the education of your children school through cash or kind.  Collaborate with your child’s teacher, by assisting with behavior modification.

Education is a blessing as it provides opportunities for all to read and write.  As a reader, one is able to have a clear conscious view and one’s own opinion of issues.  Education allows individuals to make informed decisions. So far this academic year love your reading, be determined and diligent, responsible and respectable, be engaged and enthusiastic, be modest and motivated, be self confident, smart and gain your success.

To the students who will return to schools at the various levels set yourselves high standards we urge you not to loiter in the parks and transport centers, but to move with purpose being mindful of the demon of crime and violence.

My colleagues, I know the road has never being easy and the stress mounts on a daily basis, but take good care of your health, take time away to  rejuvenate and connect with our God.  As your professional organization we will not forget the purpose for which we exist, we will continue to represent your cause, and guard all the gains we have made, while we seek to conquer new frontiers.

We are the vanguards of the Education System and so we pledge our undying support as we say Long Live the JTA as we continue to Unite and Serve.



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