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Teachers' Salaries.

THE NECESSITY FOR AN INCREASE. In order to show the necessity for an increase in teachers'salaries as well as a change in the method of calculation, we give below an extract from the annual report of the Wellington Education Board:— "It must be evident that unless the causes resulting in the diminution of the supply of male teachers are removed oar schools will be, within a generation, largely in the hands of women; and, faithful and capable es are the services of these latter, it is in the highest degree undesirable that there should be in the profession such a shortage of either sex as is promised of males within a few years. In a number of instances lately the Board hap, after ad- 1 vertisement, had either no, applications or applications only from the unfit. Tho | question naturally aiises whether the conditions of employment are such as to attract the sfcampof teacher we require, and j whether tho inducements are equal to those offered by other callings which require no | greater skill, intelligence and earnestness. If they are not, then most parents in the choice of callings will unhesitatingly decide sgainsfc the teaching profession. The Buard fully approves of the increases in salaries made at the beginning of the present year, but many teachers are still underpaid. An inspection of the following comparison of the rates paid to pupil teachers, and teachers with (a) those paid to Cadets and Clerks in the Railway and Postal Departments, (b) those awarded by the Arbitration Court to tradesmen and artisans, is worthy of earnest study.

On completion of apprenticeship— Railway Clerk—assured income, lowest grade £110 rising to £180. Telegraph Clerk-assured income, lowest grade, .£lls rising to «SIBO. Teacher—salary dependent on attendance — £60 to £110 for schools of 10 to 20 average. Not only is the minimum salary in the firs* two branches higher than that in the third I the maximum is also. It is not quite easy to sea why, unless it be because the former ' are revenue producing and the latter is not. That, however, can hardly be regarded m a valid reason for the difference. Further, the teacher is at present quite without retiring allowance. B. WEEKLY WAGBS OF TRADESMEN AND ARTISANS SECUXED BY ARBITRATION COURT AWARD.

"It can hardly be contended, in the face, of these figures, that in proportion to ths value of his service to the state the teacher receives adequabe reward. Ib is quite certain that at present a youth of parts can earn far more in the mercantile thaa in the educational sphere of work. My Board is of opinion that the rate of pay should be such as to attract youths of the better class combining in the highest possible degree personal worth with educational attainment. So widely recognised ia the great value of a sound education that my Board is quite certain the people of thia country wish not one of the teachers of their children to be underpaid, and that a measure of wise reform for the purpose of securing a fair rate of pay to all qualified teachers would ; be widely approved. Even with the recent increase of Scale 41 teachers, owing to reduced attendance, suffered re« ductions of from 10s to £24.105."

Grocer Car- i penter s s :styr 10 5 md „15 io trd. „20 15 fth „25 20 ;th „30 25 Butcher Brick- Painter Hair- (Tchr) layer dresser , sdss d s s d 10 10 665 7 ' *. iz 6 15 10 10 it 6 17 6 20-15 IS IS 4 22 6 30 20 20 ig 2 — : 35 35 30 15 4 Qu'lifd ~ wr'km'n 45 6° minimum Si to 70 66 ss ,660—23s id 48 to 42-3

A. Railway Telegraph Pupil- Lodging if from Cadet or Postal teacher home Cadet. Rly. Tel. P.T. istyr 2nd „ 3rd,, 4th „ sth „ 6th „_ £ 40 50 6o 70 85 100 £ 40 So 65 85 100 ££ s £ 20 26 26 IO • 30 20 16 26 IO 4° 13 13 (••' 5 50 9 2 13 , 5

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Teachers' Salaries., Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXII, Issue 6599, 19 June 1905

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Teachers' Salaries. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXII, Issue 6599, 19 June 1905

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