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Opposition want more pay for teachers

The Social Democratic Liberal Party (SODELPA) parliamentarian Hon. Mikaele Leawere is calling on the Government to raise the salaries of teachers in the country. The Opposition Shadow education minister made this call in his submission for the 2017 Budget Consultation. LEAWERE: “Teachers are what keep the world going. Teaching creates all other professions. Say one […]

Calvin Prasad

June 16, 2016 7:09 am

The Social Democratic Liberal Party (SODELPA) parliamentarian Hon. Mikaele Leawere is calling on the Government to raise the salaries of teachers in the country.

SODELPA parliamentarian Hon Mikaele Leawere. (Newswire).
SODELPA parliamentarian Hon Mikaele Leawere. (Newswire).

The Opposition Shadow education minister made this call in his submission for the 2017 Budget Consultation.

LEAWERE: “Teachers are what keep the world going. Teaching creates all other professions. Say one teacher teaches one class of thirty students, every day for a whole school year. Once these kids are all done in school, they can all grow up to 30 amazing doctors, lawyers, accountants, and much more.”

According to MP Leawere, civil servants had already been accorded a pay rise in 2014 without “proper planning”.

LEAWERE: “This (pay rise for civil servants) was carried out without proper planning and it did not leave much in as far as their take home pay is concerned. It should have taken into considerations the relativity in pay from Permanent Secretaries, Directors to ordinary civil servants and teachers. As an example, where teachers are on the minimum of their ranges, their pay level must be increased by 5% as I had earlier advocated. This goes for civil servants as well.”

The 2016-17 National Budget will be announced on June 22 at 7.30pm.

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