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Letter: Teacher paid 200 days in class

To the editor:

Adrian Lewis’s breakdown of hours teachers’ work sounds wonderful, but its not true. (Teachers’ Salary Closer to $87.50 An Hour, July 17 Capital News.)

I am a retired teacher. As a teacher I was paid by the day—no matter over what time span of the year, I was paid it was for only 200 days of the year. Strange, roughly the same number of days students are in school.

I did not get paid for summer, Christmas or Easter holidays. I did not get paid for the hours in a day when I prepared lessons, marked exams, coached basketball, supervised hallways, playground, school dances, Christmas concerts or give after school help to students or had non-interview meetings with parents.

I do note Adrian’s reference to university grads. Yes, I went to university for five year to earn a bachelor of education degree and a grad diploma in educational administration.

I have spent time in hospitals, but I could not be a doctor from what I have learned there. It seems too many people think they understand the workings of the teaching profession because they have spent some time in school.

Gerard Gumpinger,

Kelowna

 

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