THE EDITOR, Sir:
The business of education has coloured our media and has saturated our homes and offices, as it rightfully should.
Kudos to our current minister of education. His skills of raising awareness have really not fallen short, and have strongly motivated me to follow his approach in gaining results. In fact, I must use this medium to commend him for his plans and many interventions.
I have a small concern, though, with the ministry itself. While it is on a path to success, how about being a little civil to the flag-bearers of this mission. Simply put, why can't teachers get their full salary?
I strongly believe that it is rather disrespectful to study for three long years and, upon entering the system, to be paid as a pretrained teacher. I completely understand why one would be paid as a pretrained teacher before handing in the copy of the diploma, but once the diploma is handed in, I just can't fathom why teachers can't get their full salary. It is even worse when the diploma was handed in before starting the job.
It is bad enough that we have to survive on less than $50,000 per month, but it is the manner in which one is treated when making queries about this issue at the Ministry of Education.
I have been told "next month" for the past four months when trying to get answers from the ministry. Surely, we can do better than this. The truth would be an excellent place to start.
Let us get it right all the way around. Pay your teachers what is rightfully theirs. After all, they have already worked for that money. Let us get it right.