Nationwide News understands that the Portia Simpson Miller-administration is now offering the island’s teachers a 7-percent wage increase for the new contract period.

That’s a 2-percentage point improvement over the original 5-percent offer rejected by the Jamaica Teachers Association in April this year.

But our sources say the government is now offering to increase teachers’ wages by 4-percent in year one and 3-percent in year two.

The JTA met with the government last night for another round of wage talks.

The JTA President Doran Dixon says the negotiations appear to be heading to a conclusion.

He refused to say whether the government had tabled an improved wage offer.

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