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Shanghai to hike pay for teachers

Local authorities plan to increase the salaries of teachers at schools and universities and  increase supervision to stem  bribery and corruption among them, officials said yesterday.

Schools and universities have long complained about lack of incentives to teachers that they blamed for inefficiency, an official with the city’s legislative body said.

“The educational authority will adjust the income evaluation system, especially in the compulsory education schools, and add incentives and increase the overall income,” said Su Ming, director of the city’s educational commission.

Shanghai has allocated some 74.9 billion yuan (US$12.34 billion) on education this year, up by some 3.5 percent from 2012, said Su. The allocation on education will keep rising in the following years, he added.

Currently, most teachers at elementary and junior high schools had fixed pay scale without any evaluation process.

The teachers salaries have remained the same in the last four years, the legislative body official said.

“It is more like ‘eat from the same big pot’ ... Teachers get paid the same even if some of them work harder while others are inefficient,” Su told the legislative body. The enthusiasm of local young teachers are badly affected, he added.

However, the educational authority should also enhance supervision to cut down on corruption among teachers, Su said.

Many local festivals, especially the Chinese Teachers’ Day on September 10, has become a big curry-favoring day when parents shower teachers with gifts in the hope that their children will be treated favorably in the class. The gifts vary from cash to prepaid shopping cards to luxury items such as designer purses, perfume and cosmetics.

Pressure to give gifts plays on the minds of parents who fear if they don’t give gifts their children will be overlooked for class leadership positions, awards and other competitions.

The rise of social networking has only made things worse with parents comparing online the gifts they send to teachers.

Some parents have urged the government to follow the example of Hong Kong, where teachers are subject to the same anti-bribery regulations as other public servants. Teachers who accept gifts in Hong Kong can be fined or even jailed.



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