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Teachers to start getting tuition reimbursement in October

Published:Wednesday | August 21, 2013 | 2:43 PM

Education Minister Ronald Thwaites has given a commitment to the island’s teachers who are owed more than $322 million that the government will begin making those payments in October.

And he says the government intends to clear the arrears before the end of this fiscal year.

The sums are owed as reimbursement for tuition fees paid by teachers.

The education minister was speaking this morning at the annual conference of the Jamaica Teachers’ Association (JTA) in Ocho Rios, St Ann.

He was responding to a call by the new JTA president, Dr Mark Nicely, on Monday for the government to clear the arrears which include travelling allowance to primary and secondary school teachers.

This morning, Thwaites said disbursements will be made every month based on arrangements worked out with the JTA.

Thwaites also informed that outstanding upkeep and travel allowances due to teachers have now been paid up to July and he says the Government plans to keep current in relation to that obligation.

Amounts owed to schools which have also been withholding statutory deductions as they struggle to make ends meet, will also be cleared.

Thwaites also informed that the government is on track to honour its obligation of a one-off payment of $25,000 to teachers this month.


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