Teachers are short-changed

DOZENS of supply teachers have been thrust into financial hardship following problems with a new computer payment system, it has been claimed.

DOZENS of supply teachers have been thrust into financial hardship following problems with a new computer payment system, it has been claimed.

The Education Department recently brought in a new system for monitoring and approving supply teachers’ appointments and payments.

A department spokeswoman said a ‘handful of cases’ had reported problems and staff were putting it right

But NASUWT secretary Caroline Bowker, pictured, said the problem was much further reaching and she has had dozens of supply teachers contacting her.

‘It is a very big handful,’ she said. ‘I have had some teachers concerned they have been unpaid, and some have been considerably underpaid.’

Comments for: "Teachers are short-changed"

Rocky

A work collegue recently informed me that an Education Authority he was working for in England employed less staff than our Guernsey Education Department....the English Education Authority oversaw more than 200 schools...I think we have less than 25 over here.

Education need to make cuts and the first that needs to go are some of their inadequate staff.

GM

It would be very interesting indeed to see statistics for the average number of education administration staff per school and per 1000 students from all over the UK and comparing them with Guernsey's similar statistics..

Would anybody like to suggest that our figures will be lower than the UK average?

Neil Forman

GM

Not a chance! I would put money on it being much higher.

Peter

Is that the same system that they are refusing to use - re: article a few weeks back?

Blue

Refusing because it doesn't/won't work properly. It needs to be pulled now, fixed and then brought back when it does work.

Rachel

Do you have a headline or a link to the article?

Thanks

Paul

Our teachers in New Zealand are having the same issues with a new payment system. don't suppose it's called the same - NOVOPAY ?

Questor

I heard the main problem was that schools now had to give a reason for using supply teachers and that previously there weren't any controls. I also understand that sometimes supply teachers still get paid at the rate they previously worked (e.g. headteacher) even when only working as a classroom teacher? If that's true I don't think that's exactly good value for money or fair on the teacher they are filling in for.

Herbert Roth

I don't necessarily like comparisons with the UK. Their public services (that is, the ones that haven't yet been sold off to private enterprise) are not so great as to be held up as an example. However, in this instance a large disparity might indicate areas where careful savings or efficiencies may be made.

Sparty_Alert

oh NOOOOOOOO! An education headline!!!

Everyone, quick, RUN, before the font of all obtuseness turns up!!!!!!

bcb

She`ll be back