JTA accuses education ministry of breaching leave entitlement regulations
The Jamaica Teachers’ Association (JTA) is accusing the Ministry of Education of breaching regulations governing the leave entitlement of teachers.
According to JTA President Dr Mark Nicely, the education ministry has directed principals and school board chairmen to limit the number of teachers who are allowed to go on leave to five per cent of the teaching staff.
Nicely says this is against the Code of Regulations which permits up to 10 per cent.
According to him, there are schools where no teacher has had their leave approved.
He says the JTA and the island’s teachers are seriously concerned about the action.
The JTA President says all categories of leave have been affected by the new quota.
He stresses that teachers have worked long and hard for their benefits.
And he says it is unfair and unjust for the education ministry to trespass on this right.
Education Minister Ronald Thwaites has indicated that the Government plans to reform leave entitlements in the education sector as the current system is unsustainable and unaffordable.
It costs the Government $2.5 billion per year to replace teachers on study leave.
The JTA has maintained that it will not support any move to strip teachers of their entitlements.
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