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– Union hails as”giant leap forward”Teachers are set to receive a comprehensive benefit package, including a 5% increase in salaries retroactive to the start of this year, in a five-year deal reached yesterday between the Guyana Teachers’ Union (GTU) and the Ministry of Education.Colin Bynoe,Wholesale Authentic Jerseys, the President of the GTU, hailed the package as a giant leap forward for teachers at a time when several governments, including those in the Caribbean, are cutting back.The 5% increase in salaries will be effective for five years,Cheap Jerseys Free Shipping, including this year. But it was more than the increase in salaries that the Union was excited about.Minister of Education Shaik Baksh said that the benefit package includes a scholarship programme for teachers and will give priority to those who want to pursue Mathematics and Science.Bynoe said that this scholarship programme was important as it will help to provide an incentive for teachers not only to improve their education,China NFL Jerseys, but to stay in Guyana,Wholesale NFL Jerseys, thus reducing the need to employ Mathematics and Science teachers from outside the country.Minister Baksh said that it is the government’s intention to have 90% of teachers trained by the end of 2015 and as their education level improves, so will their remuneration. He added that the Ministry is encouraging teachers to pursue studies at the Post Graduate level.The Union was particularly excited about one of the clauses in the agreement that would seek to correct the irregularities with teachers’ salaries, whereby a teacher who had just entered the system receives the same pay as a teacher who would have been serving for 10 years or so.As a result, $50 million has been set aside to address the issue in the interim.The package of duty-free concessions for teachers is also slated to be expanded. Currently, only certain categories of head teachers are allowed duty-free concessions to buy a vehicle,NHL Jerseys From China, but Baksh said other categories of teachers are being earmarked for inclusion.Teachers are also set to receive an increase in their uniform allowance from $6,000 to $8,Cheap NFL Jerseys China,000.Baksh announced movement with discussions to increase home-ownership opportunities for teachers who particularly need.The President of the Union noted while teachers have to “line up” and apply for house lots as everyone else does, 100 house lots will be set aside to be allocated to teachers every year. These, the Education Minister added, will be given to teachers with pressing needs in all regions of the country. These teachers will be determined by the Union.In addition, a revolving housing fund for teachers could kick in by May 31. The Fund currently stands at $200 million, but Baksh said $40 million will be added every year over the next five years. Teachers would be able to access the Fund to build their own homes.In an effort to encourage more teachers to move to the Hinterland, a comprehensive package includes a $30,000 per month housing grant, and a travel allowance for teachers,Wholesale NFL Jerseys, their spouses  and children under age 18 to travel to the Coast every term on a return trip. They are also provided with additional benefits that come with the Remote Teacher’s Incentive scheme.The two parties also agreed to set up a Joint Committee that will review performance of school boards.The Minister of Education said the package will no doubt redound to the benefit of all teachers. He said the package also represents the government’s commitment to not only improve the salaries of teachers but their overall wellbeing.The Teachers’ Union said the negotiations were tough, but its president opined that what has been arrived at is a package that allowed the Union to not only maintain high ground but to climb to higher grounds than the previous 5-year agreement.Bynoe said the Union was also pleased that the agreement would be reviewed within a year.
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