The issue of teachers being fed by villages where they are teaching has been raised again. The point was made during the recent M.E.S.C’s Teachers conference. What do you think? Should the villages feed the teachers? Vatapuia Maiava asked in today’s Street Talk and this is what people said:
I disagree with this. Being a teacher is a job and they get paid, why should the villages have to pay for their food out of their own pockets when they can just feed themselves? It makes no sense to get money for working and then expect others to come and feed you food with the money that they earned working at another job.
I think that they should be able to take care of themselves. The teachers get enough money to feed themselves and they could always grow their own foods if they don’t. The sea has fishes, the land is rich with good soil for crops. The teachers have no excuse at all.
I think it depends on the situation. It shouldn’t be a law that the parents and villages aren’t allowed to give food to the teachers. But if the teachers are expecting to be fed then that’s not right. There’s a difference between receiving food that’s given out of love to the teachers and expecting to be fed.
I agree that the teachers should continue being fed by the villages but it should be by choice. It’s up to the heads of the villages if they want to feed their teachers out of their pockets or not. The choice should also fall on each villager; if they want to feed the teachers with their money then just let them. There’s shouldn’t be any interference from anyone else.
We should continue feeding the teachers because they work very long hours and it’s not easy teaching children. If we stop feeding the teachers then where will they get the strength to do such hard tasks at their work place? We need to remember that the children are our future and if they are not taught properly because of fatigued teachers then they would not do well in life.
The teachers should be able to feed themselves but if the villages want to feed them then just let them. I don’t see the big deal in letting them do whatever they feel is right. Everyone has their own opinions and we can’t tell each other what’s right and wrong. All we should do is mind our own business in matters such as these. Leave the choice to village leaders and their villagers.