President of the Jamaica Teachers Association, Winston Smith, is calling on the government to undertake a review of teachers’ salaries.
Speaking in an interview with Irie FM news, Mr. Smith said teachers are concerned about the current pace of salary negotiations.
He stated that teachers’ morale is low.
The JTA president refuted the argument that the country could not afford to give teachers a raise, at this time.
He said the education authorities need to take a serious look at the issue of fair compensation.
Mr. Smith added that teachers continue to leave the sector in search of better opportunities.
Meantime, Education Minister, Fayval Williams deferred comment on the issue, at a post cabinet press briefing, yesterday.