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To pay or not to pay?

Monday, 23 January 2012 08:14

By Lanuola Tusani Tupufia

To pay or not to pay? Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sa'ilele Malielegaoi last week suggested that small kindergarten teachers should offer their service “for free”.

He was responding in Parliament to a question from Falealupo, MP and deputy opposition leader A’e’au Peniamina Leavaise’eta, why kindergarten teachers in his constituencies “were working for free.” “They are working day to day for free,” said the former Speaker.


A’e’au said early childhood is the most important stage in a child’s life and government should assist with these teachers’ needs.
He told Parliment that some parents in his constituency “are forking out money from their pockets to pay for teachers”.

“In order for those children to have a good upbringing and a brighter future, we have to give them (teachers) money. It will have an impact on the quality of teaching, if there’s no pay then there’s no work.”

Prime Minister Tuilaepa Lupesoliai Sailele Malielegaoi said the government is meeting the teachers’ needs. He said money has been given to assist the teachers.
He then went on to suggest maybe the teachers should work for free.

“In my days the ministers’ wives did that work for free. But today there are so many small (kindergartens) schools being set up in villages and although we keep giving, it’s never enough,” he said.

 

 

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