Why Teachers Should be Paid More
Have you ever wondered why teachers’ salaries are so low yet they are among the most valuable members of our society?
In addition, they frequently spend time beyond the scope of their job descriptions grading papers, calling parents, developing lesson plans, and creating engaging activities for students.
They must also deal with difficult students and hold meetings with parents. Overall, it requires a great deal of their time.
The education budget is being reduced at an unprecedented rate, making teaching one of the most difficult professions in the country.
Teachers are an essential part of everyone’s lives. They assist young children in laying the groundwork for their education and assist older children in preparing for the rest of their lives.
Without them, success is impossible on our journeys to our future careers. I am convinced that if school teachers were offered a higher salary, a large number of individuals would pursue careers in education.
Teachers are paid less than other professionals.
Low salaries result in a high teacher turnover rate, which contributes to increased student dropout rates and poor academic performance. It is a widespread problem in most nations.
Should teachers be paid more? But why? What would be the impact on our students? Regarding the economy? On deeply rooted social issues? On our future?
The simple answer to “should we?” is yes. But the answer to why is more complicated.
First, we must discuss incentives. I am aware of the influence that incentives have on our decisions.
Normal individuals think rationally and make decisions that will benefit them in the long run.
In modern society, money has become the ultimate motivator. Money determines where one resides, what one eats, and what one does.
Theoretically, with more money comes more possessions, a longer life, safer home for your child, and more enjoyment.
People just want to have fun, so they will make decisions that result in more money and, consequently, more enjoyment.
College students are discouraged from becoming teachers merely for monetary reasons.
No one is scared to tell you how poor you’ll be if you suggest that you’re thinking about becoming a teacher.
Even with allowances and retirement plans, many students are put off by this professional choice.
If you’re a teacher and your only source of income is teaching, you’re going to struggle financially if you want to provide for more than just yourself.
Having stated that, boosting the wage would reduce discouragement, which many students studying education experience.
When a student decides to attend college, they are investing in themselves for the long term.
They are spending an exorbitant amount of money and 4 to 8 years of their lives to obtain a degree that will qualify them for a particular job.
A student is less likely to choose a career path with excessive risk and inadequate return on investment, and their parents are less likely to endorse such a path.
In addition, the risk has grown too great. Author and former teacher Randy Turner writes in a Huffington Post article titled “A Warning to Young People: Don’t Become a Teacher,” that classroom teacher, especially those who are just out of college and entering the profession, are more stressed and less valued than at any time in our history.
He attributes the increase in stress to standardized testing and the actions of school administrations.
Relatively low salaries and internal dysfunction, such as increased layoffs, high-stakes testing, and overcrowded classrooms (The Morning Call), are causing more college-bound students to decide not to become classroom teachers, but rather lawyers, doctors, or any other profession.
The solution to these issues is to pay teachers more. One way to explain why this will be successful is to compare the job market to an auction.
Employers, such as law firms or public school systems, bid on the candidate with the most skills because those skills will generate a greater profit or assist in achieving some objective.
As a result, not only are fewer individuals becoming teachers, but the most skilled individuals are utilizing their abilities elsewhere.
Increasing the amount of bidding money available to the public school system will result in the hiring of more qualified teachers, as the competition for teaching jobs will intensify.
More people will want jobs, and more people will want to improve their skills to increase their chances of landing them.
Consequently, only extremely passionate, hard-working, and talented individuals would be hired. That is precisely what we require.
According to studies, expert teachers significantly improve students’ analytical skills compared to experienced teachers (Hattie, 2003).
For this reason, we require the absolute best teachers. Teachers who are life experts.
Those with unimpeachable ethics and unquenchable passions. We require incisive, analytical thinkers who will instill the same values, abilities, and interests in their students.
Because these students are the future of Kenya, and the nation’s well-being depends on them.
Many are forced to take on a second job to make ends meet by supplementing their income as teachers.
Teachers spend hours after school doing tasks for which they are not compensated.
Some continually stay after school to meet with students who need extra support, attend meetings, or even volunteer at after-school activities because the school is in critical need of assistance.
All of these extra hours of labor limit the amount of time teachers can spend with their families or on other tasks.
Teachers deserve much higher pay. Don’t get me wrong: I understand that teachers aren’t surgeons or CEOs of large corporations.
All jobs have obstacles, but the difficulties that teachers face are not reflected in their salaries.
- Teacher Stops KPSEA Candidate From Taking Exams Over Sh2,000 ‘Theft
- Teachers Warned Against Soliciting Special Meal Funds From Parents During Examination Period
- Head Teacher on the Spot for Intentionally Failing to Register KCPE Candidates
- Teachers Threaten to Boycott KCPE, KCSE Exams Marking
- Teachers Raise Concerns on KCPE, KPSEA Exams
Another concern is the pressure to provide the finest experiences for learners, which sometimes necessitates teachers to purchase supplies or other products when the school itself does not.
Furthermore, many children may not be able to buy all of the items specified on the list, and teachers do not want any pupils to feel left out, thus some teachers provide those resources for them.
Many schools do not pay teachers enough to cover all of their expenses for the entire school year.
However, providing materials that kids cannot afford should not be left entirely in the hands of schoolteachers, especially when their pay is already low.
Teaching may be quite stressful. Furthermore, teachers have a large share of the burden. They are under pressure to do well not only from students and staff but also from parents.
Constant complaints from others might make a teacher feel inadequate if a parent believes a teacher is not living up to their predetermined expectations.
Teaching is a good career, but it needs a little boost to become truly great.