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St Ann, St Mary schools also hit by teachers' sick-out

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

OCHO RIOS, St Ann — Several public schools in the parishes of St Ann and St Mary were among those affected by the islandwide sick-out by teachers, yesterday.

Students who turned up early at some schools, including Ocho Rios High and those on the morning shift at Brown's Town High, were sent home early, while students did not turn up for the afternoon shift.

St Mary High School teachers also stayed off the job, while several at primary schools stayed away from the classrooms, forcing students to return home extra early.

The Jamaica Observer learnt yesterday that students at Ocho Rios High, except those sitting Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate mock exams, are not expected to return to school until Thursday. The Grade 11 students doing the mock exams are expected to be at school throughout the week.

York Castle High in St Ann was among some schools at which students stayed in school for the entire school day, although some teachers did not report for work.

A subsequent statement on York Castle's Facebook page said:

“Greetings parents: A number of teachers did not turn up for school today. As a consequence, several classes were supervised by prefects and student leaders. That situation is untenable and cannot be sustained for two more days. We cannot effectively manage school operations for three days without teachers. Please monitor the news to get further instructions from the Ministry of Education.”