KINGSTON, Jamaica, Friday May 13, 2016 – Early childhood education teachers are to benefit from a further 15 percent increase in salary this year.
State Minister of Education, Youth and Information Floyd Green, who made the announcement on Wednesday, said the pay hike was approved by Cabinet last month, and it is among several measures being implemented to strengthen education
“From the Ministry’s perspective, we have been trying to increase our monitoring and increase the resources that we provide and improve the sector,” he said.
A Four-Year-Old Assessment tool has also been developed to evaluate children in institutions across the island. The tool, which was rolled out on May 9, aims to assess the cognitive development of the students for the early detection and treatment of those with learning disorders.
“It is part of our full-scale tracking throughout the system so that we can make a plan for the students we encounter. The most critical part is to pick up as early as possible, those students with special needs…so that we can plan specific programmes around helping that child,” the minister explained.
Green also informed that there has been an increase in the allocation for the infrastructure development of institutions in the 2016/17 Budget.
He made the comments at the launch of Sagicor Foundation’s 2016 Adopt-A-School Programme, which aims to provide financial, infrastructural and development support for needy early childhood institutions.
This year, the programme will focus on 10 schools and it is anticipated that 1,000 students will be impacted.