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Mr. Byron Farquharson

Mr. Byron Farquharson who holds a Bachelor's Degree in Education Administration and a Master's Degree in Education has dedicated more than 40 years to the education sector. He has also been a member of the Jamaica Teachers’ Association (JTA) since 1973 and is a 2012 recipient of its Roll of Honour Award. He pursued his initial teacher training in Mathematics, Science and Physical Education at Church Teachers’ College. He was subsequently appointed Principal Patrick Town All-Age School. During his tenure, he was integrally involved in a number of initiatives towards the school's development, including the installation of electricity; expansion of the academic curriculum; and general upgrading of the school's facilities. In 1983, Mr. Farquharson became Principal at Pepper All-Age School in St. Elizabeth, where he masterminded the successful implementation of several projects such as the construction of a fully equipped multi-purpose building to house the Home Economics and Woodwork programmes; development of a library; and establishment of a school farm, which supported the school's nutrition programme.

Mr. Farquharson served on the JTA's Salaries and Conditions of Service Committee, the General Council and Central Executive. He was also its representative on the National Council on Education (NCE). Mr. Farquharson's outstanding contribution to education across four decades earned him has a number of awards which include: the Prime Minister's Medal of Appreciation; the JTA's R.C. Tavares Award, and the organization's 25th anniversary scholarship to the UWI. He has also been recognized by Church Teachers’ College; Caribbean Union of Teachers (CUT) and the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC).

Mr. Farquharson, who is married with two grown sons, is a Justice of the Peace for Manchester, and is an Elder at the New Beulah Moravian Church in Mandeville. He was earlier this year named Secretary General of the JTA.