JTA president denies public school teachers are on strike
President of the Jamaica Teachers' Association (JTA), Georgia Waugh Richards, is denying reports that teachers have taken industrial action over a wage dispute with the government.
Speaking on Independent Talk this morning, Waugh Richards insisted that public school teachers were sick.
When pressed as to whether the JTA had ascertained the cause of the illness affecting so many teachers at the same time, she said the union was in the process of finding out.
For a second straight day today, the majority of public school teachers stayed away from classrooms.
Yesterday, thousands of students were dislocated as very few teachers showed up to teach classes.
Some schools held classes.
Today, many students stayed away from school due to the widespread absence of teachers.
In the meantime, the education ministry says no instruction has been given for schools to be closed.
According to the ministry, in some cases principals had told students that there would be no school today.
It says this is in contravention of its instructions.
The education ministry says no school should be closed unless permission has been given to do so.