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No differentiated pay for math and science teachers, gov't backs down from proposal

Published:Thursday | January 14, 2016 | 1:03 AM

The government has backed down from its controversial differentiated payment proposal for math and science teachers.

It will instead attempt to fill existing shortages by recruiting suitable persons to the field and offer them scholarships for training.

Education Minister, Ronald Thwaites, says the decision to focus on recruitment follows a meeting with the Jamaica Teachers' Association (JTA) on Tuesday. 

Thwaites says the scholarship winners will be bonded to the government to teach in state schools for a period of time. 

 

Education Minister, Ronald Thwaites

Thwaites says the proposal to pay math and science teachers more than their colleagues will not be dismissed. 

However, he says the ministry hopes that the recruitment measure will help to replace the more than 500 math and science teachers who have left local classrooms within the last 12 months. 

Meanwhile, the Jamaica Teachers' Association (JTA) says it welcomes the Education Ministry's decision to focus on the recruitment process and not the differentiated pay proposal. 

According to the JTA president, Norman Allen, the recruitment programme is more reasonable.