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JTA, Education Ministry agree to four-month extension of billion-dollar retro payout

Published: Monday December 2, 2013 | 11:20 am Comments 0
Dr Mark Nicely – File
Dr Mark Nicely – File

The Jamaica Teachers’ Association (JTA) says it has agreed with the Education Ministry to push back by another four months, the payment of approximately $1 billion owed to public sector teachers since 2006.

The JTA had served notice that it wanted a schedule of payment before its General Council meeting last week Saturday.

JTA president, Dr Mark Nicely told The Gleaner-Power 106 News Centre
that the union did get a schedule of payment, however, it was disappointed that a required audit is yet to start.

The audit was expected to take place before the Finance Ministry returns funds to the Education Ministry in order for teachers to get their outstanding payments.

Nicely says the private auditors are to be contracted to carry out the audits as the Finance Ministry does not have the required number of personnel.

The JTA has argued that payments teachers received in July this year were not correct as there were miscalculations which resulted in teachers receiving less than the amount that was due.

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