Education Secretary Michael Gove
According to a recent survey, many people in England agree with the fact that a teacher’s classroom performance must be considered while paying him salary. 62% of 1,723 people, polled by Populus, confirmed that Schools should be able to fix salaries of teachers according to their performance. This showed that people wanted that the teachers’ pay should be related to the quality of their job, said Education Secretary Michael Gove. Rick Nye, the strategy director of Populus said:
These findings show strong
public support for a move away from the automatic annual pay rises of the past towards performance-related pay in schools.
In that survey, 43% people opined that a teacher’s teaching performance determined by an annual appraisal programme should be the most important factor in deciding his/ her pay. While other 29% believed that the quality of their teaching should be judged by the children’s report cards. A small fraction of people also said that they should be paid according to the length of their service period, educational qualification of the teacher and to ensure equality with other school teachers. Almost 28% agreed with the fact that
Two teachers doing the same job in the same school, for the same length of time, should always receive the same salary packet, regardless of the outcome of their annual performance appraisal.Two teachers doing the same job in the same school, for the same length of time, should always receive the same salary packet, regardless of the outcome of their annual performance appraisal.
But the unions had a different story to tell. They said that this new change was actually about cutting teachers’ salaries and most parents wanted a national pay system to be followed by schools. In protest to the Government’s new policy of judging teachers’ pay according to their performance from coming September month, two teaching unions, NUT and NASUWT, planned to go on a strike in October. “Teachers have been left with no option other than to take industrial action in the face of the continuing onslaught on their pay”, said Christine Blower, general secretary of NUT.
A regional strike in October will be followed by a one-day national walkout over the issues of pay, pension and working conditions. This will again be followed by a strike in north-west England. Among NUT members, 82.5% voted for strike while 82% of NASUWT members agreed for industrious action. In the Populus poll survey, 29% supported the union’s industrious plan action while 36% were against it. Some 34% believed that teachers offered public services like police so they should be banned from striking.
Speaking at the event in central London, Education Secretary Michael Gove said that NUT and NASUWT were standing in the way of a respected profession. He also clarified that the bases of strike, these union presented, couldn’t wash the public brain and that they should call it off. He said that the decision of strike was not “harbinger of greater prestige” but showed the “defensive” image of teachers.
However, Ms. Blower, criticizing the policy, said that the government proposal was about cutting the salary of the teachers and not rewarding them for their service. She also clarified that there were already some provisions of withholding teacher’s salary for poor performance but this act, supported by majority has brought disgrace and humiliation for the teachers. She added that teachers had left with no other option but to go on a strike to enter into a meaningful negotiation with the government. Dr Mary Bousted, general secretary of the Association of Teachers and Lecturers, accused Mr. Gove for such lewd remark and said that there was no evidence that such action could enhance teachers’ performance or have good impact on children’s education.