Pay by merit

21st September 2001 at 01:00
The lecturers' union NATFHE's claim for an across-the-board increase for all FE lecturers does the profession no good at all.

It is simply meriting mediocrity to reward those lecturers who refuse to upskill.

Nurses and doctors have to show annual continuing professional development in order to maintain their registration and be allowed to work.

No industry can survive unless knowledge and skills are constantly updated, yet there are lecturers in FE who came into the job years ago with minimal teaching qualifications and who have done no professional training since.

It is wrong that these (fortunately few) should receive the same rewards as the majority of lecturers who attend courses , conferences and related activities so that they are able to pass on the latest and the best to their students.

The FE pay structure needs an overhaul. The glass ceiling for lecturers no matter how senior lies just below pound;25,000 - progression beyond this means a management job with little or no teaching.

Paying lecturers what they have individually shown they are worth ensures high-quality provision.

Larding the lazy with undeserved pay rises does no one any favours.

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