PM: JTA ‘positive’ response key step to end teachers’ strike

Amman, Prime Minister Omar Razzaz said Saturday that the Jordan Teachers Association’s (JTA) response to a government proposal to link performance with a salary raise is “a key and positive” step to end a week-long strike by public school teachers.

“We and the teacher are all in the country’s trench under the leadership of His Majesty the King. You, teachers, are the safety valve of our internal front,” He said in a message to the education community through the Prime Ministry’s webpages.

Referring to a teachers’ demand for a 50 per cent wage hike, Razzaz said “improving teachers’ living conditions is inevitable and that’s why we don’t disagree on the principle or the objective, but we (need to) engage in dialogue on resources, steps and timing.”

“We can, through a serious and real dialogue between the education ministry and the teachers association, put forward a common national vision on these matters,” he said, commending the JTA’s move for dialogue as “a goodwill gesture that will have encouraging results for developing the education process.”

It is time that students return to classrooms, and that the teacher performs his noble task so that parents are reassured about their sons and daughters, and to sit at the table to elevate the education process for the good of the country and future generations,” Razzaz concluded.

Source: Jordan News Agency