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Manchester teacher refuses to relocate, denied salary
2013-10-31 07:55:32 | (0 Comments)
Monique Grange, Assistant News Editor - Radio
President-elect of the Jamaica Teachers’ Association (JTA), Doran Dixon is seeking the education ministry’s intervention in the case of a school teacher who he says has not been paid for two months because he refused to relocate to another parish.
Glenville Mitchell, who teaches at the Mizpah All-Age School in Manchester, says he was asked by a Director in the Ministry of Education for region five to relocate to a school in St Elizabeth but he refused because of the distance from where he lived.
Mitchell told our news centre that he requested that he be transferred to a location in his parish but his request was denied.
He said he was told that he would be out of a job if he refused to go where he was instructed.
He said he has been told that his position at Mizpah was not permanent although he has been teaching there for the past three years.
However, according to him, he did not sign a contract and has never received any documents to that effect.
Mitchell said the situation has gotten out of hand as he is finding it difficult to support his family without a salary.
The JTA President-elect says while the association is not against relocation, it must be voluntary and in the best interest of the teacher.
And he says no teacher must be bullied into relocating against their will.
When contacted Chief Education Officer in the Education Ministry, Grace McLean, said she was not aware of the matter but will conduct an investigation.
However, she noted that if the teacher’s claims are true, it goes against the protocol which was developed for voluntary relocation.
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