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Pay math teachers more to keep them - opposition

Published:Friday | August 19, 2016 | 10:53 AM
Ronald Thwaites

Opposition Spokesman on Education, Ronald Thwaites, says  the government should consider paying mathematics teachers more to keep them in the system.


Opposition spokesman on Education, Ronald Thwaites

While Thwaites was education minister under the previous People's National Party (PNP) government he had proposed that math and science teachers be paid a higher salary to address the problem of resignations. 

However, the former education minister withdrew his suggestion after stakeholders including the Jamaica Teachers' Association strongly objected the proposal arguing that paying some teachers more than others was unreasonable.

Earlier this year, Education think tank, Educate Jamaica, suggested that the exodus of math teachers from  the public education system can only be halted if the government offers these teachers a monthly salary of $250,000.

Educate Jamaica said this salary is comparable to those of teachers in the United Kingdom and the United States.