The Jamaica Teachers’ Association, JTA, is demanding a $60,000 a year increase in the book and software allowance for teachers.

The information was revealed in a statement from State Minister for Finance and Public Service, Rudyard Spencer yesterday.

Minister Spencer says granting the increase would result in additional $1.7-billion dollars in the budget.

A raise in the allowance has been the sticking point in wage negotiations between the JTA the government, which saw thousands of teachers stay out of the classroom for three days this week.

The $60,000 a year increase would be a 34-percent raise on the $177,000 teachers currently receive yearly for books and software.

The amount was last increased two years ago, in April 2016, from $171,000.