Letters to the Editor

We teachers need better remuneration

Friday, March 16, 2018

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Dear Editor,

The Government is being unfair to the plight of the teachers; as such it is solely responsible for the breakdown in all quarters of the educational system.

The teachers are only asking the Government to look closely into our needs and address them with some level of alacrity to enhance the rich relationship which we once enjoyed. We are adamant that the nexus between us and the current Government needs to be looked at much more carefully.

It is true that, with the lack of negotiating will from the Government, they are union busting, which is the violation of the fundamental rights of the worker under the collective bargaining philosophy. Are we to allow the Government to trample on our rights without us presenting our case clearly to them?

We are the strongest and most effective/militant group of people at the negotiation table with the Government for better remuneration. The many sacrifices we have had to make daily for the schoolchildren is enough to take away much of the money that we earn monthly. This is the type of selfless job we undertake on a monthly basis. We are daycare workers, we are police officers, we do mediation work as counsellors, we are pseudo-parents, we are referees in boxing matches, garbage collectors, we are medical workers, and most of all we have to disseminate didactic instructional material to the students.

We mark papers and write lesson plans, which is the most agonising experience of any and every teacher. We have to analyse our plans to face the next encounter with sometimes some ill-mannered students whose sole intention is to deface the environment and jeer teachers on a daily basis. We have grinned and borne it. Many parents are really glad for the 171 daycare centres throughout the island called high schools. They don't want to see their children's faces for even a day because they cannot manage their 'daredevils' who always run things amok and destabilise the homes. Their superheroes are sometimes not our superheroes. Sometimes we need a place of solitude to hide from them. It's that bad.

Paris Taylor

Greater Portmore, St Catherine


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