Sunday 25 October, 2020

Approval granted for salary support for independent school staff

Fayval Williams (File photo)

Fayval Williams (File photo)

Minister of Education, Youth and Information, Fayval Williams, has announced that the request that was made to the Ministry of Finance and the Public Service for salary support for independent schools has been approved.

She reiterated that teachers and support staff at private schools are to benefit from financial assistance from the Government to assist to cushion the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The education minister said all the teachers are to receive a one-off payment of $40,000, and the support staff will each receive $10,000.

Williams made the announcement during a digital press briefing at the Office of the Prime Minister in St Andrew on Tuesday.

Speaking last month at the Jamaica Teachers' Association's (JTA) 56th annual conference at Montego Bay Convention Centre in St James, Williams' predecessor, Karl Samuda, indicated that the Government would be providing financial assistance for the private school teachers and support staff.

In an effort to contain the spread of COVID-19, the Government ordered all schools closed, which left private schools without their usual income. Since then, the Jamaica Independent Schools’ Association (JISA) has been lobbying the Government for support on behalf of the 150 private schools it represents.

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