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.