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JTA: We had 'frank' discussions with Education Ministry

Published:Wednesday | July 17, 2013 | 10:09 AM

Jovan Johnson, Gleaner Writer



The Jamaica Teachers’ Association (JTA) is describing as “frank”, the talks it held with Education Ministry over the contentious leave entitlements issue.




The two parties resumed talks following a suspension by the teachers’ union almost two months ago in protest over changes to the leave entitlement system.



A joint statement yesterday said a protocol had been worked out for the resumption of talks.



JTA president, Clayton Hall says yesterday’s talks were a good precursor to the full resumption of monthly meetings, the first of which is scheduled for September 9.



Last week, the Education Ministry announced projected savings of $840 million as a result of significantly fewer approvals for study leave for the upcoming 2013/2014 school year.



The Ministry said 143 out of 560 new applicants have so far been granted study leave starting September.



However, the JTA says while it acknowledges the serious economic constraints affecting the Jamaican Economy and the need for fundamental reforms, it still pledges to ensure that teachers’ rights are met and maintained.



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