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  1. I think the problem is the percentage increase, so the guy at the bottom, earning R4000 per month gets say R400 increase, but the guy near the top earns R100,000 per month they now get R10,000 more. They both have families, need to eat, pay for power etc.
    I say give everyone the same annual increase of say R1000 – so the guy at the bottom will be very happy, and the guys at the top will not be. We see who strikes then!

    • Yes, an important point. Salaries range from R7000 to R20 000 per month for the regular teachers who’ve served less than 9 years. The upper echelon will be much higher. The problem is that public service in South Africa looks more like corporate service every day i.e. the discrepancy between salaries at the bottom and top is increasing. And what if the people at the top have the most input into getting a strike to happen? Is it then for the teachers as a body or for their own gain.

      • So, 9 years teaching, one cannot buy the cheapest suburban house at say R1mil. The gap is getting wider, and I am not surprised that there are strikes.
        What would happen if income was performance based – results determine the salary scale – or penalties for poor pass rate, bonus for good results……… dream on

        • Wrong thinking. The majority of SA cannot and do not think of a 1million bond. People must downscale so as to fit into real economics and not fantasy economics. They must take smaller jobs if it means they can walk or catch public transport to get to there. They should move to poorer areas or get a group of people together to buy a piece of land where they build cottages, not houses with pools and double garages. Reality and being debt free must be prerogative. To be able to do what i do, i downsized and pay R1000 rent. I did what i had to do. So must everyone.

          Regards performance based bonuses, i believe in that for all lines of employment. But, yes, it will never happen because unions make more money from lazy and insufficiently educated workers than they do from the productive.

          PS: Check out http://www.knysnaschools.co.za/is-south-african-school-education-beyond-hope.

  2. Mike, I think you are a bit harsh on the teachers right to strike. The strike lasted long because the department refused to settle on higher pay. Had the salaries increased fairly, there would have been no strike, so who’s fault is it?
    Having said that, the idea of decent pay should be coupled with good quality service. This is where the problem is, if a teacher is underperforming, they should be replaced, (labour laws need to change) problem is that the standard is now so low that qualified teachers often dont know the syllabus, having passed with 30% and 40% themselves.

    • Thanks for your input, Keith.

      I’m not looking at one strike but the many that have plagued our country. The most to blame for poor standards are the teachers themselves. If anything, they should have booted bad teachers in the beginning or gone on strike early on for that very reason. Like all organizations, the rot is allowed from within. Our government may be awful but we can’t use them as an easy, we-have-no-blame excuse. What we are prepared to do is the most important.

      As for salaries, if i had my way teachers who achieve high standards would be amongst the most well paid in our country but that has to be balanced with vocation, a desire to commit one self to work that one, primarily, loves.

      Financially, our country is in deep, bloody red – credit so rules our lives that we revolve our decisions and strikes around our debt. Life continually gets worse but, disproportionately, government employees keep demanding higher salaries. There needs to be a drive for living smaller lives with what we need rather than what we want. Until then, in comparison, teachers, policemen and municipal workers are amongst the highest paid in my town of Knysna…they certainly earn far more than me.