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Mary Kenny: Teachers worth their pay, but bar should be set high for their aspirations

Published 24/07/2010 | 05:00

It is a well-established fact that Irish politicians are paid more than most others in Europe (and that the Taoiseach, with €257,000, has the highest salary of any European political leader, including Angela Merkel).

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And now it has been disclosed that primary school teachers in Ireland are among the best paid in the world: their starting salary is €32,000 annually, rising gradually to nearly €60,000 at the top of the scale. This is well above the European average.

However, in contrast to the politicians, I would suggest that teachers are well worth their remuneration. An incompetent politician is unlikely to do lasting damage to any individual in the country, even if he -- or she -- makes a hames of their own portfolio. But every teacher has the capacity to mark a child for life.

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