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Gov't mulls offering better salaries to maths and science teachers to keep them

Published:Friday | December 18, 2015 | 12:00 AM

The Jamaican Government is considering providing better salaries than those of their other colleagues to trained science and mathematics teachers in a bid to keep them in the classroom.

Jamaica has been losing some of its best teachers in these two subject areas as they go overseas for better working opportunities.

Education Minister Ronald Thwaites admits that the idea to pay science and maths teachers better than their other colleagues would be controversial; however, he says that the time has come to question whether it makes sense to pay all teachers at the same rate.

He says discussions have started with the Jamaica Teachers' Association.

In the 2015 sitting of the Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate, Jamaica recorded declines in additional mathematics, integrated science, biology, chemistry, physics, and human and social biology teachers.