Jamaican teachers to be paid for summer school work

Permanent Secretary McLean says teachers can expect payment by mid-October 

KINGSTON, JAMAICA — Teachers in both the private and public school systems who participated in the government’s National Summer School, Extra Lesson & Homework Programme are set to receive their payments this month.

The programme, launched this June, aimed to supplement the education of schoolchildren who were impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic’s interruption of normal, face-to-face learning, thereby allowing for “an improvement in the academic performance of students”.

Jamaica Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information Dr. Grace McLean.

Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information Dr. Grace McLean recently announced the payment for teachers, acknowledging that of the 3,500 teachers engaged in the programme, just shy of 1,000 had yet to be paid.

“We engaged approximately 3,500 teachers on the face-to-face summer school programme,” noted McLean.

“So far, we have processed and paid over 2,000 of these teachers. The other about 950 or thereabout, we are currently processing.”

The permanent secretary acknowledged the delay in payment for these teachers, explaining that “based on the quality of the information that we have been receiving, especially for those teachers who are not employed in the government system…we had to do some detailed analysis to make sure that nobody is double-paid”.

However, she also said her ministry takes full responsibility for the delay, while Ministry of Education, Youth and Information Fayval Williams noted “significant” efforts being made to correct the issue.

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    “I know that we’ve made significant efforts at the ministry to ensure that payments are made,” Williams said.

    “I can’t stand here and say every single payment has been made, but I know that where there are outstanding payments, efforts are made to ensure that we have the correct data and that those payments will be made.”

    A teacher stands in front of a blackboard.

    To this end, McLean underscored the government’s commitment to “ensuring that all our teachers will be paid by at least mid-October, which is next week Friday”.

    McLean said, “We believe we have sorted out all the kinks and we are committed to ensuring that by about the 15th of October, we would have completed the payment.”

    She added, “We are committed to ensuring that we have all our teachers paid. We thank you for volunteering. We thank you for the excellent service that you provided during the summer, and we know with this teething pains being sorted out, we will not have this challenge as we move into our National Extra Lesson & Homework Programme in November and onwards.”

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