Are teachers paid enough?

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During the Ministry of Education, Sports and Culture’s conference this week, one of the most popular topics was teachers salaries. Do you think our teachers get paid enough? Vatapuia Maiava asked in today’s Street Talk and this is what people said:

Tala Misinaita

Tala Misinaita 
Tuana’i

I think for some teachers the pay is ok but for others it’s not. One of my friends was a teacher and his pay was good back in 2012 but he has resigned now because that is no longer the case. I believe they should be paid a higher salary because they are responsible for teaching our children and if they are not happy with how much they get then they won’t do their job properly.

Joe Ropati

Joe Ropati 
Faleatiu

Yes I do believe they are getting enough. I don’t think there are high qualifications needed to be a college teacher so they should be getting paid the same as every other hard working person in this country with the same qualifications. It’s different for university teachers though; they deserve a lot more pay because of the level of education they have to teach.

Fusi Charlie

Fusi Charlie 
Vaimea

No they do not get enough money. When school ends for long period breaks the teachers end up running out of money very fast because their pay is so small. We should remember that they teach our children which is no easy job and they make sure that our future generation is well educated. I think the teachers should get at least $30,000 a year minimum.

Fusi Charlie
Fusi Charlie
Joe Ropati
Joe Ropati
Logo Lavata’i
Logo Lavata’i
Tala Misinaita
Tala Misinaita
Wales Gale
Wales Gale

Faagase Fiti

Faagase Fiti 
Nu’u

Being a teacher is one of the most important jobs out there; they are responsible for educating our future generation so they should be getting a lot more money. The government should help out these teachers because a lot of them don’t have enough to combat Samoa’s high cost of living. It is not fair that the teachers teach our children lessons to be successful and we pay them peanuts.

Logo Lavata’i

Logo Lavata’i 
Vaitele Fou

I think some teachers do get paid enough but others do not. Private school and university teachers get paid enough but our government school teachers do not. All of the teachers should be getting around the same pay despite the different schools they are based at. As the cost of food, water and necessities increase then so should the pay of the teachers.

Wales Gale

Wales Gale  
Vaivase

I think the teachers do get enough. Being a teacher is just like every other job and I don’t think they should be getting any special treatment. The pay of the teachers should just cover the cost of living and a bit more for savings. Maybe some teachers in the rural areas don’t get enough pay but right now the majority of the teachers do get more than they need.

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