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JTA conference gets underway today

Published:Sunday | August 21, 2016 | 12:00 AM

The Jamaica Teachers' Association (JTA) will this week host its 55th annual conference, where the reins of leadership will be handed over to a new president.

Outgoing President Norman Allen will officially demit office, making way for Moneague principal Howard Isaacs.

The three-day conference, being hosted at the Hilton Rose Hall Resort and Spa in Montego Bay, St James, will receive reports from Allen.

The keynote address will be delivered by Nathan Allen, national field coordinator of the National Education Association in the United States.

The conference will set the stage for the JTA to decide and advance its claims in the next round of salary negotiations.

Poor remuneration of teachers has been cited as one of the major factors driving a deficit of qualified mathematics and science teachers in the classroom, as many have opted to migrate to seek higher-paying jobs.

Delegates at the conference will receive the annual and financial reports of the association.

They will also be asked to approve the 2017-2018 budget.