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Bak to skool

13 March 2002

The Education and Skills Secretary, Estelle Morris, is desperately trying to push through the implementation of performance-related pay for teachers.

Morris is currently begging the NUT and the National Association of Head Teachers not to block the move. And you have to wonder why. Isn't the teaching profession fucked up enough already?

For decades now, teachers within the state-school system have been grossly underpaid. This is a travesty. But it is worse than a travesty to try and link their pay to their performance. It is frankly bizarre. You can't systematically disempower teachers in the classroom, reduce their authority over their pupils to zero, increase class sizes, decrease budgets for books, equipment and supplementary teaching, and then pay teachers according to the performance of those same pupils. Pupils whom it is virtually impossible for them to
teach.

You might as well cut off their hands and pay them according to how far they can throw a frisbee. Or just cut off their hands. Save money on frisbees.



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