Minister of Education Ruel Reid says he is aware that there are “movements” on the teachers’ salary negotiations with the Government and he “expects positive results” on it.
The Minister raised the issue in remarks this morning (Sunday May 6) while delivering his Education Week message at the divine service to launch the Week at Ocho Rios Baptist Church, St Ann.
The JTA and the Ministry of Finance have not reached an agreement on salaries and benefits in months of negotiations. Following the assignment of a new Minister of Finance four weeks ago, the JTA has met with the new minister, Dr Nigel Clarke, but there was no progress, insiders said.
Senator Reid departing from his written text this morning said “Madam President (Georgia Waugh Richards) I see movements…and I expect to see positive results on that front.” Reid, a former JTA President said the JTA could call on him at any time if his help was needed.
The Minister said: “let me assure Jamaicans of the administration’s continued support for our teachers who continue to build the nation through their resilience, creativity, commitment, tremendous work and uniting service.”
JTA President Georgia Waugh Richards in her message did not mention the salary issue but, sticking to her script, said “teachers continue to navigate the education landscape to ensure that the benefits to all are maximized.”
Among the JTA leadership at the church service were Secretary General, Byron Farquharson; Immediate Past President Howard Isaacs and President Elect Dr Garth Anderson.