Teachers Still Waiting On Salary Increase
It seems as though teachers may have to wait a little longer before they can see an increase in salaries and other benefits as talks with the education ministry are at a standstill. The Guyana Teachers Union is reporting that since last year it has submitted a proposal to the ministry on the renewal of the agreement between the two.
The union in its proposal is looking for a 15 percent increase in teachers’ salaries but the Education ministry has indicated that it is not willing to offer such an increase. The ministry has offered a five percent but the union has indicated that it will not accept that offer.
The General Secretary pointed out that over the last few years the ministry has been offering that same figure and it’s about time teachers get what they deserve since it is not enough.
McDonald said teachers should not be disappointed that a new agreement has not yet been inked since good things are in store for them in this new agreement.
The proposal submitted to the Education Ministry includes uniform allowance, upgrading of teachers qualification, the housing loan programme and duty free concessions for head teachers.
Over the years the school system has seen a significant number of senior teachers leaving the country as they seek better paying jobs in other countries.