Sixty-two per cent of more than 2,000 local teachers say low wages and poor working conditions would be reasons they leave the profession for good.

And 67% of the teachers polled say a salary package at 100% market rate was among the factors causing them to return if they left the profession.

That’s according to the findings of a survey conducted by the JTA’s Salaries and Conditions of Service Committee, in January, Nationwide’s Neika Lewis has been perusing the document and files this exclusive report.


The poll conducted by the JTA’s Salaries and Conditions of Service Committee in January 2020 found that more than 62% of over 2,000 teachers say low wages and poor working conditions would cause them to leave the profession for good.

Another 8% of the sample say lack of respect for teachers by stakeholders would cause them to leave.

Six per cent say student and parents behaviour, 4 per cent say poor leadership at the school level and 2 per cent say incoherent decision by policy makers.

The poll also sought to know what changes would be needed for teachers to return to the profession, if they decide to leave for good.
A whopping 67 per cent or just over 15- hundred teachers say they’d need a salary package at 100 per cent of market rate would be a pull factor.

Eleven per cent said other.

Other options that featured in response included improved professional standards, improvement in students’ behaviour and less political involvement.

Meanwhile, 66 per cent or 15 hundred and 7 teachers say if they were Education Minister for the next three years their main focus would be salaries and conditions of service.

Ten per cent say they’d see to a major policy review.

Other responses included, infrastructural development of schools, training of school leaders and improved pedagogy.

Neika Lewis for Nationwide News.