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Six figure salaries for Teachers

By Barcham - 3 April 2013 35

Joy Burch has just announced that 10 ACT teachers in the ACT have had their salary bumped up to six figures. Another 10 will receive the bump soon. This is all a part of a commitment by the ACT Government to keep talented teachers in classrooms.

ACT Minister for Education and Training Joy Burch said the teachers have been appointed to the new classification of Executive Teacher (Professional Practice), which as well as enabling them to earn six- figure salaries for the first time also provides new career pathways for teachers.

“For the first time, teachers in the ACT have the opportunity to work their way towards a six-figure salary without having to sacrifice their role in the classroom as an educator,” Ms Burch said.

“By investing in our teachers and enhancing the attractiveness of teaching as a profession, the ACT Labor Government is ensuring that our public schools remain the best in Australia.”

Ms Burch said the Government wanted to send a clear message to the teaching profession and families that quality teaching is highly regarded, and career progression for teachers should not mean leaving the classroom.

Personally I like living in a world that is not full of idiots, so I quite highly value the role of teachers and think they should earn a wage that reflects their importane in out society. Any teachers amongst our readers?

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Six figure salaries for Teachers
Masquara 4:52 am 04 Apr 13

Holden Caulfield said :

Masquara said :

Long hours? What, with six weeks extra leave per year?

All public servants are slack arse bludgers who fudge their flex time.

All cyclists run red lights.

All motorists speed.

All teachers have too much leave.

All vegetarians vote for the Greens.

All posters on RA talk through their backsides.

How’d I go?

Well there is a little flaw there dear – teachers DO get extra leave and that’s a fact. The rest is your conjecture.

DrKoresh 12:35 am 04 Apr 13

Masquara said :

Long hours? What, with six weeks extra leave per year?

Oh, just shut up already. I’ll bet the wife that every single teacher in the A.C.T works harder than you ever have, so cram it.

Dilandach 12:18 am 04 Apr 13

Can’t wait for the teachers that pipe up with “where’s mine?”

I’ve had all sorts of teachers, the good kind that make you want to learn more, the bad kind that just don’t care at all and the terrible kind that get “friendly” with their students. You could pay them all six figure sums but it wouldn’t do much to kill off the level of idiocy that comes about with the mullys of the world. At best you’d reduce it.

As for the ‘free’ extra holidays, I’ve got a fair few friends that are teachers. They certainly aren’t kicking up their heels when the bell goes or its holiday time but at the same time they’re not doing 5am to 12am slogs with no holiday time at all. The truth is inbetween.

In anycase, it’d be my own personal nightmare to have to deal with other people’s kids. I’d be burying kids in the playground before it hit recess time if I was forced to be a real teacher.

Tetranitrate 11:32 pm 03 Apr 13

$100,000 isn’t what it once was. It’s still a bit of a psychological barrier though.
Would people have been that surprised if they’d found out back in the year 2000 that the 10 top teachers were on about 68,500? Because that’s the equivalent to 100k now based on the CPI.

It’s a fair bit of money, but it’s not outrageous.

kittywitty 11:28 pm 03 Apr 13

Holden Caulfield said :

Masquara said :

Long hours? What, with six weeks extra leave per year?

All public servants are slack arse bludgers who fudge their flex time.

All cyclists run red lights.

All motorists speed.

All teachers have too much leave.

All vegetarians vote for the Greens.

All posters on RA talk through their backsides.

How’d I go?

That’s a great list there, love it, got any more?

Holden Caulfield 10:58 pm 03 Apr 13

Masquara said :

Long hours? What, with six weeks extra leave per year?

All public servants are slack arse bludgers who fudge their flex time.

All cyclists run red lights.

All motorists speed.

All teachers have too much leave.

All vegetarians vote for the Greens.

All posters on RA talk through their backsides.

How’d I go?

LSWCHP 10:56 pm 03 Apr 13

I’m with Barcham. I don’t want to be surrounded by uneducated boofheads either.

I think all teachers should be paid high 6 figure salaries. Teaching should be one of the most desirable professions in the country, with high entrance requirements generating enormous competition to get a position with high monetary rewards and great social status.

My kids spend more time with their teachers than they do with me, and their future is to a great extent in the hands of their teachers. I have nothing but respect for my children’s teachers, and the effort they put in to educating my children.

Our future prosperity depends on having a highly educated population. Anybody who is denigrating the role of teachers in our society or claiming that they are overpaid is voting for Idiocracy in the future.

gungsuperstar 9:47 pm 03 Apr 13

Yep… I’m one of those people. “They only work 6.5 hours a day.” “They get 14 weeks of holidays a year.” “Kinder teachers? You get paid for playing ‘ring-around-the-rosie?'” (My mums a kinder teacher).

With that said – I put them up there with nurses. They do a vitally important job, we need talented people doing this job, and it’s a job that I wouldn’t do in a hundred years. We can’t pay them enough IMO.

Thumper 9:00 pm 03 Apr 13

Masquara said :

miz said :

I would be interested to see what these teachers supposedly have over and a above the ‘common or garden variety’ of teacher?

IMHO, teachers who are still teaching after several years in the job have already demonstrated dedication and a high level of skill (you’d have to have these attributes to stick at it, given the long hours, mindless administrative burden, poor work conditions, poor pay and few promotional prospects).

Long hours? What, with six weeks extra leave per year?

You’ve never actually been a teacher hey?

Masquara 8:52 pm 03 Apr 13

miz said :

I would be interested to see what these teachers supposedly have over and a above the ‘common or garden variety’ of teacher?

IMHO, teachers who are still teaching after several years in the job have already demonstrated dedication and a high level of skill (you’d have to have these attributes to stick at it, given the long hours, mindless administrative burden, poor work conditions, poor pay and few promotional prospects).

Long hours? What, with six weeks extra leave per year?

blimkybill 8:24 pm 03 Apr 13

It’s a promotion position. There were a certain number of positions. People applied and some were chosen for the jobs. It is teaching but with extra leadership responsibilties – in particular, the mentoring of other teachers.

chewy14 2:28 pm 03 Apr 13

miz said :

I would be interested to see what these teachers supposedly have over and a above the ‘common or garden variety’ of teacher?

IMHO, teachers who are still teaching after several years in the job have already demonstrated dedication and a high level of skill (you’d have to have these attributes to stick at it, given the long hours, mindless administrative burden, poor work conditions, poor pay and few promotional prospects).

If you read the story that was in the Crimes, they get extra responsibilities to go along with their extra money.
So really, they’re getting paid more for a promotion, shocking huh?

thebrownstreak69 1:23 pm 03 Apr 13

Like any occupation, there are people who are crap at their job, OK at their job, good at their job and mindblowingly amazing. Why should teachers be any different?

I have a relative who is a teacher, and the idea of performance based pay offends him deeply.

Holden Caulfield 12:38 pm 03 Apr 13

miz said :

I would be interested to see what these teachers supposedly have over and a above the ‘common or garden variety’ of teacher?

More money.

miz 12:14 pm 03 Apr 13

I would be interested to see what these teachers supposedly have over and a above the ‘common or garden variety’ of teacher?

IMHO, teachers who are still teaching after several years in the job have already demonstrated dedication and a high level of skill (you’d have to have these attributes to stick at it, given the long hours, mindless administrative burden, poor work conditions, poor pay and few promotional prospects).

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