JTA Opposes JLP Auxiliary Fee Proposal

President of the Jamaica Teachers’ Association, JTA, Norman Allen, says he’s opposed to plans by the Jamaica Labour Party, to remove mandatory fees in schools, should it form the next government.

Speaking at a JLP mass rally in Alexandria, St. Ann on Sunday, Opposition Leader Andrew Holness says the high cost of education, was preventing Jamaica from meeting its universal literacy target.

He says a JLP administration will invest an additional $1.5-billion in the education sector to cover the cost of mandatory fees.

But Mr. Allen says the idea represents bad policy.

Mr. Allen says he’s also concerned that the removal of mandatory fees will further destabilize the education sector.

Norman Allen,President of the Jamaica Teachers’ Association.

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