A. meeting of the Ashburton section of the Educational Institute was held in the Borough School on Saturday afternoon. The object of the meeting was to hear an address by Mr Hughes, of Christchuroh, on the question of superannuation. Mr J. W. McGregor presided and briefly introduced the speaker. Mr Hughes spoke on the desirability of a schema, and outlined the position of teachers in other countries. All the foremost nations oP the world hare superannuation schemes for their teachers. He dwelt specially on the good done to education in England by the establishment of such a scheme there. He ihen outlined the efforts made in New Zealand, and stated that at last something wa,a to be done. At the request of the Premier a conferenoe between the GoTernment officers and the teachers' representatives had been held, and the scheme he had to place before them was the result of that gathering.
Mr Hughes then dealt with the proposed Bill in detail. He stated that the rates of contribution varied from 5 per cent to 10 par cent of salary according to age and the benefits one-sixtieth of average salary. Retirement is optional at 60, compulsory at 65. Provision is made for those who retire before reaching pension age, and for widows of teachers.
Although the rates of contribution are higher and benefits lower than in other schemes now in force, the teachers present unanimously approved of the Bill, and expressed the hope that it would become law this year. It was felt that a vigorous protest should be made against the present unfair system of paying teachers on the average attendance. Teachers in the Ashburton county havo been very unfortunate in this respect. Many of them through no fault of their own are drawing less salary now than they wera years ago. It was uuanimonsly decided that the Government ba a«ked to place the payment of teachers on a more permanent basis.
A very hearty vote of thanks was accorded Mr Hughes for his earnest and able address.
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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXII, Issue 6623, 17 July 1905
Educational Institute. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXII, Issue 6623, 17 July 1905
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