Think again and put the children first.
That was the plea from Minister of Education Ronald Jones to secondary school teachers who say they will not to correct the School Based Assessments (SBAs) papers without compensation.
Address the monthly meeting of the Democratic Labour Party’s St Michael South constituency branch at the Bay Primary School last evening, he said he understands the teachers’ frustrations but questioned their stance.
“I would not say that the teachers’ work is an easy one . . . I know the frustrations that you feel sometimes when you are trying hard and desperately to ensure that that child is successful because there is a view that if the child did not learn you did not teach,” the former teacher said.
The Christ Church East Central MP encouraged the teachers to continue their discussions and negotiations with the powers that be and hold off their action.
“Our children must be the ones we place first. Continue your discussions, continue your negotiations, because children look up to teachers; you may not notice it, but they do,” he said.
However, the Education Minister stressed that he was “not quarrelling with the teachers”.