JTA President says recent wage issues could further encourage teacher migration

Jamaica Teachers’ Association, JTA, President Lasonja Harrison, says it is likely that the recent issues surrounding the restructured public sector compensation system, could further encourage teacher migration.

After several delays, scores of teachers have reported not receiving their March salaries, while many others have reported anomalies with the payments received.

The education ministry promised, that teachers who had not received their salary, would have been paid on Tuesday.

However, up to late afternoon, some educators had still not been paid.

Noting that the education system has been plagued by teacher migration and that many educators do not feel valued, Ms. Harrison said the issues with the new compensation system could further encourage teachers to leave the island.



She said some schools are still being affected by teacher shortage.

Ms. Harrison noted that as at March 31, at least 1 school was in need of 11 teachers.


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