A full re-evaluation of bands of classroom teachers has been completed by the Ministry of Education and a group of teachers who were appointed in 2015 and paid on lower rates will be paid the difference in coming weeks.
This follows an analysis of teacher data gathered during past nationwide road shows, combined with both existing information from within the Ministry and insights gained through newly-completed Word Bank studies.
According to World Bank factors impacting student learning outcomes include student teacher ratios, class size, and teacher competence.
The World Bank data showed student learning outcomes were impacted more by a teacher’s competence and performance than their qualification.
Meanwhile, the overall data collected has confirmed that recruitment and retention of teachers can be improved when required qualifications are higher.
“Because recruitment and retention directly influence the quality of our teachers, the Ministry has now confirmed different job descriptions for the diploma-qualified and degree-qualified teachers,” said Attorney General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum.
“The re-evaluation of the differences in the jobs reflects these findings; for classroom teaching positions in all sectors, the fully qualified teacher––requiring a degree––will be on the same Band (F), whilst assistant teachers––requiring a diploma––will be on a lower Band (E). This re-evaluation is in accordance with the Job Evaluation Guideline and established practice through the reforms,” Mr Khaiyum said.
“The Ministry is making every effort to determine the right mix of degree and diploma holders in each school. The transition of teachers to these amended bands will occur quickly, with an increase in salary for teachers affected to be paid from 22 February.”
Further details about the re-evaluation and how the transition will work will be announced internally to the teachers concerned. Any changes to rectify ongoing administrative errors regarding teacher contracts will also be expedited as quickly as possible.