THWAITES: Cutbacks for teachers to save Gov't $840m
Education Minister Ronald Thwaites says the country will see savings of $840 million this financial year arising from a reduction in the number of teachers and related costs approved for study leave.
Thwaites says the savings will come mainly from payments to replacement teachers, as only 143 of the 560 teachers who applied were allowed to go off on study leave this year.
In May, the Education Minister warned of drastic changes to the leave entitlements of teachers after announcing that the Government could no longer afford to fork out $2.5 billion a year to sustain the practice.
His pronouncement drew the ire of the Jamaica Teachers Association, which said at the time he was misled about the leave entitlements of its members.
Speaking at the 12th Annual Conference of the Association of Caribbean Higher Education Administrators in St James on Thursday, Thwaites said this was one of the areas where his ministry has managed to achieve greater efficiencies.
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