Overworked, underpaid

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.

Former West Indies cricketer Desmond Haynes addressing  St Philip Primary School students today.
St Philip Primary School principal Mrs Pamaletta Bhamjee (at right back) among students listening to guest speaker Desmond Haynes.

“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
future generation.

“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.

8 Responses to Overworked, underpaid

  1. Matthew Greaves
    Matthew Greaves November 14, 2014 at 10:13 am

    Teachers? what about gas pump attendants,Security Guards,Porters, Merchandisers,General workers,shop stewards and all the other low income workers?

  2. GloriaHoneycomb Wiggins
    GloriaHoneycomb Wiggins November 14, 2014 at 10:23 am

    Yes it is true! (y)

  3. Kevin Roach
    Kevin Roach November 14, 2014 at 10:48 am

    Every worker in Barbados is feeling the strain.

  4. Kevin Roach
    Kevin Roach November 14, 2014 at 10:48 am

    Every worker in Barbados is feeling the strain.

  5. Matthew Greaves
    Matthew Greaves November 14, 2014 at 10:49 am

    Overworked striking?

  6. Baz Moz
    Baz Moz November 14, 2014 at 1:57 pm

    Overworked yea right, wait till you need work done and see how long you have to wait for someone to turn up (if at all), and then see how they always have a family emergency so have to go a lunchtime, or can’t come to work because it’s raining (really!!!) but will still want paying for a whole day, and then do a rubbish job, name me one development/ project that has actually finished on time. wake up you are your own worst enemy unfortunately everyone wants a job but
    nobody wants to work

  7. Olutoye Walrond
    Olutoye Walrond November 14, 2014 at 3:26 pm

    Desmond, you are calling up a tired, work-out, untrue cliche: that Teachers are underpaid. When last did you check the pay scale of Teachers in Barbados and compare it with the hours they work? Who else in the working world gets to have three months vacation? I know of no Teacher who doesn’t drive a good car and live in a nice home.

    • GloriaHoneycomb Wiggins
      GloriaHoneycomb Wiggins November 14, 2014 at 3:30 pm

      The school meal workers and they have the benefit of bringing home food stuff also Olu! I know of teachers who travel by bus and have to rent


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