Dr. Garth Anderson
The Jamaica Teachers' Association (JTA) has responded to the latest suggestion for specialist teachers to be paid higher salaries than other educators.
Addressing a meeting of the Rotary Club of Manchester on Tuesday evening, JTA President Dr. Garth Anderson said the association is not opposed to special incentives as a way to combat the migration of specialist teachers.
However, he urged the government to first address and improve the basic salaries of all teachers.
Ronald Thwaites, Opposition Spokesman on Education, recently resurrected the conversation surrounding differentiated salaries for teachers amid concern about the migration of specialist teachers, such as mathematics and science instructors.
While he was education minister, Mr. Thwaites had moved to introduce such a system.
However, he had to abandon the plan following pushback from the JTA.