Where are our bonuses?

20th April 2001 at 01:00
Why has David Blunkett, chosen to discriminate so blatantly against a substantial section of the teaching profession?

Teachers between point three and eight on the common pay spine have not been deemed worthy enough to get bonuses like those of newly-qualified teachers and senior teachers reaching the threshold.

There is now little differential between new staff and teachers with three or more years' experience. Having proved our worth we have to watch inexperienced NQTs have their student loans paid off, pay increased an get opportunities to fast-track their careers.

We will be paying off our students loans for years, and are not eligible to join the Fast Track scheme.

I feel it is time to highlight this gross act of discrimination.

Also, how confident is the Government that students will not take advantage? Even if they stay in teaching for two or three years they could then leave to pursue an alternative career without the burden of student loans.

T M Fletcher (Mrs) Mondora, Dunsley Upton Cross Liskearde, Cornwall

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