Study leave for teachers suspended
Jerome Reynolds, Staff Reporter
The Ministry of Education has suspended the granting of study leave to teachers as it moves to tighten its finances.
Education Minister Ronald Thwaites said it is costing the government $2.5 billion per year to fund teachers on study leave.
Speaking during the Sectoral Debate a short while ago, the education minister pointed out that $574 million is owed to schools for payment to substitute teachers.
He lamented that current leave entitlements for teachers is unsustainable and unaffordable.
Teachers are allowed 40 days leave on full pay and another 28 days more on half pay.
After two years of service a teacher is eligible for one year fully paid study leave.
The leave may be granted for up to another year without pay.
The education minister said that’s why the regulations are being reviewed.
Thwaites says, the education ministry is vigorously considering legal action against teachers who have failed to repay their bond agreements.
The education minister said efforts are now underway to reorganise the deployment of teachers.
Thwaites said a large number of schools have more teachers than there ought to be when compared to the teacher student ratio.
He said this has resulted in excessive spending in those schools.
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