15% raise for early-childhood teachers
Early-childhood educators will benefit from a 15 per cent increase in salary this year. State Minister of Education, Youth and Information Floyd Green, who made the announcement on Thursday, said the increase was approved by Cabinet in April.
Green was addressing the launch of Sagicor Foundation's 2016 Adopt-A-School Programme at the Courtleigh Hotel in New Kingston. He said the pay increase was among measures being implemented to strengthen the sector. "From the ministry's perspective, we have increased our monitoring and the resources we provide to improve the sector," he said.
He noted that a four-year-old assessment tool had been developed to evaluate children in institutions across the island. The tool, which was rolled out on May 9, aims to assess the cognitive development of the students for the early detection and treatment of those with learning disorders.
"It is part of our full-scale tracking throughout the system so that we can make a plan for the students we encounter. The most critical part is to pick up, as early as possible, those students with special needs ... so that we can plan specific programmes around helping those children," Green explained.