Jarrett welcomes resumption of JTA, education ministry talks
The head of one of the island’s largest financial institutions has welcomed the resumption of talks between the Ministry of Education and the Jamaica Teachers’ Association (JTA).
General Manager of the Jamaica National Building Society, JNBS, Earl Jarrett says this is critical if the country is to achieve the economic targets agreed to with the International Monetary Fund (IMF).
The JTA decided in May that it would no longer attend monthly meetings with the education ministry after Education Minister Ronald Thwaites announced changes to the leave entitlement system for teachers.
In a joint statement this week, the ministry and the JTA said the monthly meetings will resume next Tuesday.
Jarrett noted that the deal with the IMF is a national agreement and says every sector has to share the burden.
He was speaking at an Education Leadership Symposium held at the Knutsford Court Hotel in Kingston yesterday to discuss some of the critical challenges facing the education system.
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