Overworked but Underpaid?
September 7, 2012 3:12pm CST
I am a Highschool English Teacher. Teaching has been a very easy task for me to do.. but unfortunately, I have another designation, which I have no choice. Aside from having a teaching load of 4 hours (that's quite small actually), I have to become a disbursing officer/secretary/ cashier/file manager/ in the afternoon.And I shoudn't forget that I still have the responsibility of checking all the cash flows we have , and still I am the English Coordinator and the School Paper Adviser. I am happy that I can do these work but I think I should get extra pay for this.Good thing I can have travel reimbursement and that's not bad. However, I want to really focus on my teaching career. I understand that smaller schools are not funded to have own bookkeepers and disbursing officers, and I also should not sacrifice my classes.because of all these things, teaching should be my priority. fellow mylotters... what do you think should I do? Good Morning ang be blessed!!!
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12 Sep 12
Hello Han! You are blessed with such gift. As of the moment you don't have any choice but to do what's required of you. In time, you will reap the harvest of your effort. There are times though that we really need to step forward so that we could be rewarded for our hard work. As of the moment, just be patient. Cheers!
8 Sep 12
If you are not paid, then I do not see the reason of accepting the job and assuming the responsibilities. I do not know what kind of school you are teaching there, but if the school cannot afford to hire administrative staff then I think you should consider teaching elsewhere. The reason is simple, I do not believe that the school do not have the funds for hiring vital administrative staff but someone in the school is keeping the money for their own coffers. You should relinquish your additional responsibilities and let the school find someone else. It is unfair to you and in the long run, will be affecting your job as a teacher you will need the time for your lessons and students. Should you be coerced or dismissed unfairly, I am sure you can take it up with the relevant authorities in the education and labor departments.
8 Sep 12
A teacher is to plan and hold a class ensuring that all requisite competencies have been acquired. So why should a teacher get involved in more works not related to teach and learning. I dont recomend other works. Because these extra works may affect your teaching performance. School authority should not exploit much work or attention of the teachers.
8 Sep 12
School teaching is one such profession where teachers are being underpaid for overwork. My closest friend was in a private school here, she often used to tell me that how she was being given extra responsibilities there, and was never given an extra penny for it. May be you should discuss with the other teachers in the school who are also performing different duties other than teaching about this issue. You all should together talk to the Principal about giving you some extra money for the extra work you are expected to do.
8 Sep 12
My, that's a lot of work for a teacher. The reason perhaps why you only have four hours of teaching is because of your other tasks. I can understand why. The school where you teach must be a small school and I know that small schools work that way. Why don't you try submitting your application to bigger schools so you can focus on the kind of work you love to do? Just a suggestion.
8 Sep 12
hi there! Are you teaching in a private school? A teacher should have six hours teaching load but must not be exempted with the eight hours work load. When you have over the six-hour teaching load and the eight-hour work load, you can now charge overtime. Great day!
8 Sep 12
I understand your feeling,many teachers complain about their wage are too low to match their heavy work,and when they overwork,they can't get extra paid.However,i think it is common phenomenon,many people in other sector can't get their extra paid when they overwork,i think you can tell your real situation to the higher authorities,and i agree with your opinion,teaching should be priority,it is holy.have a good day!
• United Kingdom
7 Sep 12
I once worked in a small village school and there were four teachers plus a head teacher. I had a Year 1 and 2 class with a couple of year 3 children in it which had special needs. I had one learning support assistant for the autistic boy. I found there was so much more to do there in that little village school. I love being a primary school teacher and know the pay for the amount of money isn't enough. I think you should keep on teaching and try to put up with the other work. Good luck.
• United States
7 Sep 12
First off - thanks for being a teacher! You're all under appreciated and underpaid. When you think about the importance and influence of a teacher compared to a pro football player, hmm...which should make more money?? Anyway off that soapbox. I'm not a teacher, just wished I was, and I don't know the whole situation. Not knowing the system, but guessing, there's got to be someone to see about this. Maybe you could gently suggest that you should be paid for multiple jobs if you are going to have to perform duties of multiple jobs and see where it goes?? Sometimes, things get overlooked and maybe the right people are unaware of your situation. Now nobody's going to want to shell out more money, so then you can recommend that you just focus on the important job. I'm sure there's plenty of people who will do that work for little money, especially if it's part time. Some mothers of schoolchildren would love a part time job. Some would do it for not a lot of money, they may be pleasantly surprised if they look.