No 'fat cat' salaries here

4th February 2000 at 00:00
WHEN I read the observations on principals' pay by the NATFHE treasurer, Fawsi Ibrahim (FE Focus, January 21), I was utterly depressed on behalf of the union, particularly my college branch, whose officers are professional, thoughtful people doing a good job for their members.

As a principal, with strong views on the vagaries and potential excesses of principals' salaries and the need for logic and pattern in pay, I have attempted to establish, with my governing body, a pay review which reflects the same system of incremental points plus percentage applied to the teaching staff. The only difference is that, unlike the teaching staff, my increment is subject to perfomance review.

To read a letter in which sorry old comparisons strung together with offensive generalisations replace serious comment was bad enough. What, for me, was the most telling was the implication that all senior staff should be compelled to undertake teaching as if it was some kind of punishment. I do a little teaching - and I'm sorry to disappoint - but it's a bit of a treat. In his embittered analysis of an employment he clearly despises, Mr Ibrahim should not judge everyone by himself. Many of us were motivated to change roles by more positive desires than escaping teaching.

Lesley Agar

Principal and chief executive

Hull College

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