Teachers deserve better wages, says Haynes
Former West Indies cricketer Desmond Haynes believes that teachers in Barbados are “overworked and underpaid”, and he is making a case for better wages.
Haynes who was a special guest speaker at the St Philip Primary School today, urged students to respect their educators at all times because of the number of functions which they performed daily.
“I believe that teaching has to be the hardest job in the world,” he told students.
“Teachers act as nurses or doctors; everything you [students] do from the time you leave home and assemble here, it is up to the teacher to look after you until you go back home. That is why I believe that teaching is such a hard job because parents sometimes only have children for a short time. You spend the majority of your life as a child at school being looked after by teachers and I only got to realize it now that I am older.”
Haynes, who admitted that he gave plenty of trouble during his school years, said the country needed to take better financial care of the people who dealt with and moulded the nation’s
“It is very hard to forget the people who have started your education and who have done everything for you, spend more time with you than your mother and your father.
“Students, it is very important for you to understand that your teachers have the hardest job in the world. I made a promise that if I was Prime Minister of Barbados, the first thing I would do was make sure that teachers make as much money as any cricketer. The commitment that they put into looking after everybody’s children, and some of them have their own children as well . . . . Now that task has got to be hard!” he declared.
However, the former West Indies cricket opener made it clear that he was not making the recommendation idly.
“I happened to be in the Senate. I spent two years in the Barbados Senate, and I know that teachers’ salaries are not adequate because I saw them, and I know it is not enough –– not for the level of work that they have to do. I believe that they are overworked and [underpaid]; but I can’t change it.
“Teachers should get more money,” he insisted.