JTA Conference Opens Monday With Unique Situation Of Acting Minister



Photo of outgoing President Garth Anderson and incoming (President Elect) Owen Speid.



The fifty-fifth annual conference of the Jamaica Teachers’ Association (JTA), opens Monday, August 19 with several issues affecting education likely to be highlighted during the three days of talks.


The theme is “Empowering educators, retooling, innovating and networking for sustainable development.” The Conference commences Monday, with registration at 8 at the Hilton Rose Hall Resort and Spa, St James. The keynote address will be delivered by Dr Elizabeth C Molina, Dean Education Pathway Broward Community College, Florida.


Most delegates to the conference look forward to the Investiture where the baton of leadership passes. On Monday evening President Dr Garth Anderson will pass the baton in a ceremonial session to President Elect Owen Speid who will serve as main teachers’ representative for the next year.


The session is one where the policy statement of the new president is outlined. It is expected that the Primary Exit Profile (PEP) will again cone under scrutiny.


This year’s conference will see a situation not experience for years when Acting Education Minister Karl Samuda addresses teachers. A Minister has not been appointed to replace Ruel Reid who was fired in March. Educators say they can’t remember the last time that a conference did not have a fully appointed Minister making the Government’s position and answering questions from teachers. That session, reserved for the Ministry of Education, takes place Wednesday afternoon before the rise of conference.

Conference activities commenced Sunday with a Service at Boulevard Baptist Church, St Andrew.


Franklin McKnight

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