JTA central executive to discuss changes to leave entitlements
Jovan Johnson, Gleaner Writer
The central executive of the Jamaica Teachers’ Association (JTA) is to meet today to discuss the government’s move to change the leave entitlements of its members.
During his Sectoral Debate presentation last week Education Minister Ronald Thwaites said the Ministry had suspended the granting of study leave to teachers on the grounds that it is unsustainable and unaffordable.
Thwaites also announced that changes will be made to the vacation and sick leave system because the associated cost is unsustainable.
However, the teachers' association has argued that the current policy on vacation leave is one of the reasons teachers accepted being paid at 80 per cent of market value.
JTA President, Clayton Hall says after today’s meeting, three parish consultations will be held starting this Friday
After the consultations, a general council meeting will be held.
However, Hall explains that based on the feedback, a decision could be taken to call a special conference and override the general council.
Teachers are allowed 40 days leave on full pay and another 28 days more on half pay, while after two years of service, a teacher is eligible for one year fully paid study leave.
It costs the Government $2.5 billion per year to cover teachers on study leave, with $574 million owed to schools for substitute teachers.
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