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Funding support for teachers

Posted by Garry Collins, ETAQ Immediate Past President on 4 May 2016

An edited version of the letter below was published in The Australian of Monday 3 May 2016. Underlined words were deleted and the bracketed ones inserted. The paper's heading was "Teachers need more pay".

Funding support needed for all teachers

The Prime Minister is reported as saying that (Malcolm Turnbull says) the government wants taxpayer funds to support the "best-performing teachers" ("PM's cash for 'best' teachers, basic skills", May 2).

Unless the normal meaning of "best" is being deliberately tampered with, this relates to support for only a minority of the students in our schools.

As in all other occupations, the majority of teachers are of average competence with only a relative few meaningfully described as the "best". Was this a slip of the tongue or is the government's schools policy really about further assisting the minority (those) who are already relatively well off?

The teaching profession needs to (should) be made more attractive overall and (;) better salaries is an obvious way of doing this.

Garry Collins

Author: Garry Collins, ETAQ Immediate Past President
About: Garry Collins was ETAQ President from mid July 2005 to 15 March 2014. He taught English in state high schools for around 35 years and now tutors in English curriculum courses in the School of Education at the University of Queensland.
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