Letter: `Good' teachers' pay

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Letter: `Good' teachers' pay

Sir: Your leader "Good teachers deserve to be paid more" (5 April) would be wrong in thinking that teachers are against performance-related pay on doctrinaire grounds. Most teachers believe good work should be rewarded.

The almost universal opposition to performance-related pay among teachers stems from the knowledge that even a moderately fair system will be impossible to devise.

How is it possible to compare a teacher who routinely works wonders with severely handicapped children against a teacher whose pupils regularly shine at A-level? How can we weigh the work of a teacher who has to exist in a derelict and overcrowded classroom with another teacher who enjoys good facilities?

W D McKAIGUE

Wirral, Merseyside

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