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Education Minister, JTA to discuss differentiated pay proposal today

Published:Tuesday | January 12, 2016 | 9:16 AM
Education Minister Ronald Thwaites.

The Education Minister Ronald Thwaites and the Jamaica Teachers' Association are to meet this morning to discuss issues including the controversial proposal of differentiated pay. 

The meeting is scheduled to take place at 10:30 at the ministry's Heroes Circle headquarters. 

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

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.

However, 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.