For the past eight months, educators and administrators nationwide have grappled with issues, ranging from compensation discrepancies to spikes in migration. The plight has sparked numerous protests across the island, demanding government intervention.

Earlier this year, the government initiated a comprehensive effort to restructure compensation for public sector workers, promising a simplified system. However, despite the passage of eight months, teachers are still discovering anomalies in their compensation. Leighton Johnson, President of the Jamaica Teachers’ Association, has renewed calls for transparency, urging the government to disclose the calculation method employed.

Johnson highlights that teachers were able to verify their compensation until April 2023 when the new salary structure took effect. Despite the ongoing challenges, a recent stormy meeting resulted in a resolution regarding graduate allowance and remote inducement, offering a glimmer of hope for affected teachers.

On a separate note, Johnson reveals that many institutions across the island continue to struggle with a shortage of educators for key subjects, including English language. The Ministry of Education implemented a comprehensive teacher recruitment and retention exercise to address this issue, a move Johnson acknowledges has helped but insists more action is necessary.

Compensation disparities led to widespread protests earlier this year, with educators expressing feelings of disrespect and disregard by the Jamaican government. Despite some progress, the journey toward equitable compensation and staffing stability in the education sector continues, leaving educators and administrators eagerly awaiting further resolutions from the government. Watch the report below:

Reporter: Natalia Clarke 

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