Education ministry asks some schools to pay salaries as finance ministry audit continues
Jovan Johnon, Gleaner Writer
The education ministry has instructed 22 bursar-paid schools to use internal funds to pay teachers money owed to them by the Government as it tries to avert further disruptions in public schools.
A statement from the education ministry says the instruction was given by Permanent Secretary Elaine Foster Allen.
The affected schools are being urged to pay the teachers based on their own internal calculations.
The instruction came as the Jamaica Teachers’ Association (JTA) warned that protest action reported in some schools could intensify because of the non-payment.
Director of Corporate Communication in the Education Ministry, Byron Buckley, says the ministry understands the frustration but a tedious audit is still not complete.
The finance ministry has been conducting the audit of school accounts.
Earlier this month, the ministry said all the affected schools would be paid by month-end, which is the latest missed deadline, since the initial one given in August.
The outstanding money stems from a 2007-2008 reclassification exercise.
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