Over 6000 Mauritian teachers denied promised wage alignment
Only those who are newly recruited in the primary education sector are termed “educators” whereas those who joined the sector earlier are still called “teacher/senior teachers.” (Image: Lighthouse Primary School)
Even as the higher education sector in Mauritius reeled under a series of scams by unauthorized educational institutions last year, it appears that primary education is also taking a hit, as the much-hyped wage alignment for primary teachers is yet to take effect.
Accordingly, a demonstration has been planned by the Government Teachers Union (GTU) if public service officials do not publish and correct the use of the term “educator” in a Pay Research Bureau (PRB) report.
The current definition deprives around 6000 primary teachers from benefiting from the wage alignment planned by Errors, Omissions and Anomalies Committee of 2013.
Only those who are newly recruited in the primary education sector are termed “educators” whereas those who joined the sector earlier are still called “teacher/senior teachers.” Thus, the innocuous term “educator” represents an obstruction to some 6000 primary teachers’ eligibility for the wage alignment determined by the Errors, Omission and Anomalies Committee of 2013.
Earlier, the PRB report did not made provision for the primary teachers’ wage alignment and, for correcting this injustice, approximately 3000 primary teachers, together with teachers from the secondary schools, undertook a demonstration to show their dissatisfaction.
Later on, this error was corrected by the Error, Omissions and Anomalies Committee except that the report now makes use of the term “educators.”
The President of the GTU, Vinod Seegum, expressed his disappointment by saying that it is not fair for those who have as many as 18 years of service to have received only an increment of Rs 590 whereas those who are new are benefiting from a pay hike of Rs 4,000 per month on their salary.
According to Seegum, this unfairness must be corrected at the earliest and the fact that teachers are frustrated might impact negatively on their work.
All those who benefited from the wage alignment have been requested by the GTU president to join their colleagues in the organized meetings of mobilization through the island.
The latter also declared that if the grievances of the primary teachers are not redressed, the GTU will undertake a demonstration.
Finally, he noted that as the GTU is affiliated to the international body, Education International (EI), the authority will be notified about this issue so they are aware of its implications for the education sector of Mauritius.