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  • Minister of Education, Hon. Rev. Ronald Thwaites, is assuring teachers that their retroactive salaries will be paid on time.
  • This assurance comes in response to concerns raised by the Jamaica Teachers’ Association (JTA) that certain retroactive payments due in August 2014, would not be paid.
  • The payments to the teachers have become due following a reclassification exercise in 2007.

Minister of Education, Hon. Rev. Ronald Thwaites, is assuring teachers that their retroactive salaries will be paid on time.

This assurance comes in response to concerns raised by the Jamaica Teachers’ Association (JTA) that certain retroactive payments due in August 2014, would not be paid.

“I wish to state clearly that the arrears that are owing to the directly paid Government teachers will be paid on time. The process of calculation has (been) the subject of an audit carried out by the Ministry of Finance and Planning, and they have assured us that the Government-paid teachers will be settled on time,” he stated.

Minister Thwaites was addressing a press conference at his National Heroes Circle offices in Kingston on August 12, to present the results of the Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) examination and the Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination (CAPE).

The payments to the teachers have become due following a reclassification exercise in 2007.

In respect of the approximately 25 per cent of the island’s teachers, who are not paid directly by the Government, Minister Thwaites said that the payments due to this group would be resolved within a couple of weeks.

“The auditors are in contact with the bursar-paid schools to ensure that there is congruence between the funds, which we send in bulk to those schools and the exact amounts, which will be payable to each teacher,” he stated.

“That process is on-going and we expect that it will be completed within the next couple of weeks or so. But as far as the bulk of the teachers are concerned, they will receive their funds as arranged,” he said.

Meanwhile, Rev. Thwaites said that the Ministry of Education “does not intend to deprive any teacher of the leave that they are entitled.”

He said that leave that has been authorised by the Ministry this year “is entirely within the letter and spirit of the Education Code 1980.”