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Woeful ... JTA boss says some primary schools only getting $1,000 per child yearly

Published:Wednesday | August 24, 2016 | 8:15 PM
Calls for increased funding at the early childhood and primary levels were renewed earlier this year when the government increased its allocation to high schools from $2.6 billion to $5.3 billion.

The newly appointed president of the Jamaica Teachers' Association (JTA), Howard Isaacs, says a study of government funding at the primary level shows that some schools are receiving only about $1,100 per child each year.

Isaacs says this amount is usually given to the typical primary school with just under 600 students.

 

JTA president, Howard Issacs


IN PHOTO: JTA president Howard Isaacs

The JTA president is calling for the government to triple the funding to primary and early childhood institutions.

Calls for increased funding at the early childhood and primary levels were renewed earlier this year when the government increased its allocation to high schools from $2.6 billion to $5.3 billion.

The increase facilitated the abolition of auxiliary fees.

Since then stakeholders, including the opposition spokesman on education Ronald Thwaites, has called for increased funding for primary and early childhood schools.