Green light to spivs obliterates FE

7th September 2001 at 01:00
I READ with interest the correspondence relating to teachers' and lecturers' pay comparability (FE Focus, August 10). Having left FE last August after 14 years, I went on supply and obtained a temporary post at a local school.

First, when I joined FE in 1986, I gained a rise on my scale post at school just for becoming an ordinary L1 (Silver Book terms). When I left last year, I calculated that I was pound;4,000 behind what I would have had if I stayed at school in the same post.

Second, I can get pound;19.64 per hour on supply at school. I saw an advert for my old FE work which came under the "casual lecturers" category. I used to teach degree-level work and that is being touted at pound;18.26 per hour.

The changes in 1993 which gave the green light to spivs in the running of FE colleges has also witnessed its probably intended consequence of obliterating FE.

Bryan Hall 19a Summerhill Crescent Liverton Devon

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