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Teaching doesn't pay;Scottish conference of the National Association of Schoolmasters Union of Women Teachers

David Henderson at the Scottish conference of the National Association of Schoolmasters Union of Women Teachers

TWENTY-FIVE years ago, the average teacher earned the same as a police inspector. Now they do worse than a constable.

John Milgrew, Glasgow, said in the salaries debate that attacks on teachers' professional standing had been used to justify low levels of salary. "Constant carping has eroded self-confidence and we do not believe in our own ability to do the job we do so magnificently."

Jack Duffy, the salaries convener, said a 2.6 per cent gap had opened between Scotland and England over the past five years. Only once in six years had Scottish teachers won the same level of award as colleagues in the rest of the United Kingdom.

"Gie us the money," Mr Duffy demanded.

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