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Jamaica: Liveable Wages Will Attract Men To Teaching, Says PIOJ Director

Steven Kerr, director of the Human and Community Development Unit at the Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ), says that more men will begin to gravitate to the teaching profession if their remuneration is boosted by liveable wages and allowances.

Kerr was speaking against the background of the Jamaica Teachers’ Association’s (JTA) decision to accept a 16 per cent wage increase over the contract period spanning April 1, 2017, to March 31, 2021, for the more than 26,000 public school teachers affiliated to the union.

Under the deal the JTA has inked with the Government, it will see teachers receiving an increase of five per cent in the first year and two and four per cent in the second and third years, respectively. It will conclude with five per cent in the final year.

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