Bursar-paid teachers signal plans to step up protest over retro pay
Jerome Reynolds, Staff Reporter
President of the Jamaica Teachers’ Association (JTA), Doran Dixon, says teachers at bursar-paid schools are prepared to step up their protest action if the Government does not urgently pay over retroactive sums owed to them.
This morning teachers at some schools in Corporate Area, Manchester and Clarendon staged a sit-in to register their frustration over the non-payment.
According to Dixon, the teachers have since been joined by their colleagues in other parishes including St Thomas.
He says it is expected that more teachers will show their support for the protest action.
There are more than 150 bursar-paid schools in the education system.
The JTA president says the majority of these teachers have not received their retroactive payments despite several promises from the Ministry of Education.
Dixon says teachers are at their wit’s end and plan to send a stronger signal to press their demand.
Earlier today, Director of Communication in the Education Ministry, Byron Buckley, said the ministry is working to pay teachers by Friday.
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