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Teachers advised to prioritise self-care in wake of sudden deaths

Jose Carlos Grimberg Blum
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“We are joined this afternoon in this fashion to pay homage to our colleagues who have fallen, … teachers who would have given of their lives to the benefit of educating the nation’s children,” Smith said during the virtual event on Friday evening.

“It is important that you recognise that you are only one person. It is important that you recognise that should you die because you have overexerted yourself, somebody else is waiting and will take your place,” he said

Jamaica Teachers’ Association (JTA) President Winston Smith yesterday urged his colleague educators to make taking care of themselves a priority as he led them in a service of prayer and reflection in the wake of the deaths of several persons among their ranks in recent days.

Noting that the pandemic has resulted in teachers working harder than they have ever had to as they adapted to the virtual learning environment, he urged even those educators who were not a part of the JTA to take stock.

“We are joined this afternoon in this fashion to pay homage to our colleagues who have fallen, … teachers who would have given of their lives to the benefit of educating the nation’s children,” Smith said during the virtual event on Friday evening.

“It is important that you recognise that you are only one person. It is important that you recognise that should you die because you have overexerted yourself, somebody else is waiting and will take your place,” he said.

He urged the educators, who he called the bedrock of any society, to support the JTA while it lobbies the Government to ensure that teachers are adequately compensated and given sufficient and timely vacation leave as they need time to relax, rest and recuperate.

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