Grave burden

30th March 2001 at 01:00
On average, we assistants receive pound;5.50 per hour. That's the same as gravediggers, yet last week I taught a group of six children about area and perimeter; dealt with an eight-year-old's accident in the classroom; supervised a child with behavioural difficulties; marked test papers for the teacher to check; and helped organise a science lessonon healthy eating.

This was in addition to photocopying and 100 other tasks.

Now we are covering for absent teachers. No wonder we feel put upon. Don't misunderstand me, I get tremendous job satisfaction - nobody in their right mind would do this job otherwise.

PA Gardner

21 Russet Glade

Emmer Green, Reading

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