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Education Ministry, teachers’ syndicate reach consensus on longstanding issues

By Laila Azzeh - Aug 13,2017 - Last updated at Aug 13,2017

AMMAN – The Education Ministry and the teachers’ syndicate have recently agreed on a number of issues of concern to educators, “strengthening” the association’s position as a representative of teachers across Jordan. 

Education Minister Omar Razzaz recently met with members of the Jordan Teachers Association’s (JTA) council and agreed on several “outstanding issues educators have been demanding for quite some time”, according to syndicate deputy president Ibrahim Shibaneh. 

“The association and the minister agreed to allow teachers to have two casual days off per month, provided that they notify the school principle beforehand. The two sides also agreed to reinstate the monthly deductions from the JTA employees, which were halted in 2014,” Shibaneh told The Jordan Times on Saturday.

In addition, he said that the two parties decided to draw up new measures for the Royal makruma (Royal gesture), which is designed to offer seats at public universities to the children of teachers.

“The new measures will increase the number of the beneficiaries from the makruma,” the JTA deputy president said, citing a recent Cabinet decision raising the end of service allowance for teachers from 13 times the salary to 15. 

“This is great news for teachers,” Shibaneh highlighted, adding that a committee was formed by the two sides to reconsider the criteria for selecting education directors and school principles. 

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