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Better pay for science and math teachers to be discussed when Education Minister, JTA meet

Published:Wednesday | January 6, 2016 | 8:37 AM
Thwaites disclosed in December that the government is considering paying better salaries to science and math teachers.

Education Minister, Ronald Thwaites, says the proposal of differentiated pay for teachers will be a major issue for discussion when he meets with the leadership of the Jamaica Teachers' Association (JTA) in a week. 

Thwaites and the JTA are expected to meet next Tuesday.

It will be the first meeting between them since Thwaites disclosed in December that the government is considering paying better salaries to science and math teachers.

Thwaites says the discussions are important and part of the government's collaborative approach. 

 

Education Minister, Ronald Thwaites

The government says it is considering paying science and math teachers more to keep them in Jamaica in light of its thrust to boost science education. 

The JTA has declared that it is against any move to pay a select group of teachers more than the rest, although it acknowledges that science and math teachers are being lured overseas. 

The Jamaica Manufacturers' Association says it supports the proposal.