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.
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