Education Minister hoping for resolution to avoid industrial action by restive teachers
Education minister Ruel Reid is hoping that industrial action in the education system can be avoided.
In his back to school message, last evening, Reid said he is aware the new school term begins amid ongoing wage negotiations between the government and the Jamaica Teachers’ Association.
But he says he’s hoping a solution can be arrived at quickly to prevent disruption to the education of Jamaican children.
The teachers have rejected the government's offer of six per cent increase over two years for the 2017-19 contract period.
The Cabinet is to review the matter today, and the teachers have hinted that they could take action to force the government to improve the offer.
Reid also said much was achieved last year in improving access to education for children.
He is urging all stakeholders to work to help to find solutions to new and longstanding challenges in the education sector.