Teach­ers’ pay

Weekend Herald - - Viewpoints -

I was in­ter­ested in Thurs­day’s lead ar­ti­cle on teach­ers’ salaries. Like Eileen Gil­more, I be­came a reg­is­tered teacher 60 years ago. I had full-time po­si­tions, then a re­liever and for the last 20 years I worked part-time, spe­cial­is­ing in teach­ing read­ing to chil­dren who needed ex­tra help. I en­joyed my teach­ing and af­ter 60 years was still on a yearly rate of only $59,621. What re­ally dis­ap­pointed me was when I sent in my res­ig­na­tion to the Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion (at the age of 82) there was no re­sponse, let alone an ex­pres­sion of ap­pre­ci­a­tion.

Of course, the school I was work­ing in gave me a lovely farewell. To­day’s teach­ers work ex­tremely hard and I ad­mire them and would like to see them more ap­pre­ci­ated not only fi­nan­cially but with some thanks for what they do for our chil­dren. Yvonne Gale, How­ick.

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