Envious of teachers' pay

Published: Saturday | February 21, 2009


The Editor, Sir:

Why is it that since teachers received an increase the pious are putting forth arguments that teachers should be paid according to performance? We were due the increase. I now have to wonder if it is 'red eye'.

What's worse, the same persons who are complaining, their salary is sometimes three times more than teachers and some of them are not even as qualified as some teachers. They laugh at us when they find out our salary. Are they now afraid that we might just be moving in their class?

Now that Richard Byles of Sagicor Life of Jamaica has proposed performance-based pay for his workers, according to the editorial in The Gleaner of February 19, this should also be enforced for teachers. Why are teachers the only government workers who are at the heart of this debate? It seems as if teachers deserve nothing good.

Performance pay

Teachers do not have a problem with pay according to performance; however, there are certain conditions under which this can be done. Some are:

a. All schools must be equal, in terms of the quality of students they are given and in terms of facilities.

b. All schools must have a student-teacher ratio of 35:1.

c. All schools must be provided with the necessary resources with which to teach children.

d. There should be protection for teachers and if not, insurance benefits.

It is time we stop lamenting that teachers should be paid according to performance when the conditions in the classroom are so deplorable.

Pay attention to what needs to be fixed in the classroom in terms of the behaviour of students and inadequate space and resources, and then we can start talking about pay according to performance.

I am, etc.,

S. WILLIAMS

slimmas24@hotmail.com

St Ann

'Teachers do not have a problem with pay according to performance; however, there are certain conditions under which this can be done'.