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Education Code gives minister power to grant or deny study leave

Published:Thursday | June 6, 2013 | 7:14 PM

Jovan Johnson, Gleaner Writer



The education minister says a specific Cabinet decision was not required for him to suspend paid study leave to teachers.




At a post-Cabinet press briefing this morning, Minister with responsibility for Information, Senator Sandrea Falconer said she wasn't aware that the Cabinet discussed the matter before Ronald Thwaites made the announcement in Parliament.



Thwaites says in April, he took to the Cabinet a full report on the state of education and measures he thought needed to be instituted.



He says it would not be recorded as a specific Cabinet decision given the 1980 Education Code of Regulations which invests the minister with the power to grant or deny study leave to teachers.



On May 15, Thwaites said paid study leave would be suspended while the systems governing teachers' sick and vacation leave would be changed.



According to Thwaites the current study and vacation leave system has been costing the education ministry $2.5 billion a year.



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