Teachers Should Be Paid Based on Performance

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Topic: Teachers should not be paid based on students’ performance “Every child can learn, every child must learn” is the motto for the Ministry of Education in Jamaica. It shatters every barrier that may hinder a child from performing well in school. This motto is irrespective of the subject area a teacher teaches and the kind of students he/she has in the classroom because at the end of the academic year all of them must learn. However, has this ever been achieved in the public sector schools of Jamaica? The president of the Jamaica Teacher's Association (JTA), Nadine Molloy Young said at a Gleaner Editors' Forum on January 27, 2011 that “the performance of students does not necessarily reflect the input of the teachers.” Therefore, teachers should not be dismissed based on the poor performance of their students because factors such lack of proper resources within the institution as well as the students’ negative attitude toward their school work also impact their ability to perform well academically. Many teachers are working in schools that lack proper resources which are necessary to create an environment that is conducive to learning. Ruel Reid, an advisor to the Minister of Education, told the Jamaica Observer on August 29, 2010 that "what we need is for all of our schools to offer quality education, and the way to do that is to provide the schools with the proper resources.”It is quite ironic that even in this technological age, there are still numerous public schools relying mainly on chalkboards and charts as teaching aids instead of using computers and projectors to facilitate interactive learning (Evans, 2001). According to a study conducted by the National Education Inspectorate (NEI) on August 12, 2011 the Hayfield Primary School, Salt Spring All Age School and the Albion Primary School libraries have only one computer, two scanners, a printer and a photocopy machine and the classes are separated by chalkboards. Also, some schools do not even have...
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