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Teachers' pay and conditions

Posted by Garry Collins, ETAQ Immediate Past President on 29 August 2015

The following letter was submitted for possible publication in The Australian of Thursday 27 August 2015 but, alas, it did not make it into print.

Teachers' pay and conditions

Chris Curtis (Letters, 26/8) is quite right about the relative decline of pay and conditions for teachers in Australia over the past 40-50 years, He's also right about how that impacts on efforts to attract and retain a reasonable share of the best and brightest for the teaching profession.

Indeed, given the relatively low level of pay and conditions of teachers compared with other graduates and the lack of respect accorded in public discourse, it is probably true that the country currently enjoys  a much better teaching workforce than it deserves.

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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