Fewer teachers died since schools closed in March, says JTA president

PRESIDENT of the Jamaica Teachers’ Association Owen Speid, claiming that with fewer educators dying since schools were shuttered in early March due to the novel coronavirus pandemic, says it might be an indication that the stress levels of the classroom have adversely impacted the health of teachers.
“I must bring to the attention of Jamaica that before COVID-19 we at the association had to attend two or three or sometimes up to five funerals each week. That is when the teachers were in the classroom. Since COVID-19 and the schools are shuttered, teachers are at home and even though they are having challenges dealing with the emergency virtual teaching, what we are finding is that since March 13, because they are out of the stressful classrooms, the hot classrooms, is that we only have had about two or three deaths since March 13, 2020,” the controversial JTA head told a Rotary Club of St Andrew, yesterday.

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