Opposition Spokesman on Education, Reverend Ronald Thwaites, is raising concerns about what he says is a reduction in the number of scholarships awarded to teachers pursuing studies in Math and Science. 

The Government had implemented the programme a few years ago in response to several teachers leaving to take up higher-paying jobs overseas. 

But, last week, the Education Ministry revealed that Math and Science teachers are migrating in increasing numbers. 

Rev. Thwaites says Math and Science teachers should be classified as Master teachers and be paid more. 

He’s also calling for the use of more technology and also for what he calls enlightened leadership in the Jamaica Teachers’ Association. 

Rev. Ronald Thwaites, Opposition Spokesman on Education, speaking last evening on Nationwide @ 5 with Cliff Hughes and Kemesha Kelly.

In the meantime, newly-installed President of Jamaica Teachers’ Association, JTA, Owen Speid says teachers are not just leaving due to meagre salaries. 

Mr. Speid has rejected calls for Math and Science teachers, who are more in demand, to be paid better than other teachers. 

The JTA President has suggested that the government bring on board retired educators to help address the teacher shortage.

He says there are several factors driving teachers to choose the path of migration. 

Owen Speid, President of the Jamaica Teachers’ Association, JTA, speaking last evening on Nationwide @ 5.