Why are we still paying teachers if they won’t return to the classroom?

Ask Brian: Teachers are delivering online to their students and working longer hours

Many teachers are working more than twice their contracted hours and would have a far more balanced quality of life if they could return to their classrooms.  work. Photograph: iStock

Many teachers are working more than twice their contracted hours and would have a far more balanced quality of life if they could return to their classrooms. work. Photograph: iStock

Why are we still funding teachers’ salaries if they won’t agree to reopen our schools? My son has additional needs and is losing out and regressing. If they won’t go back to work, surely we should just stop paying their salaries?

Your question is a common one and has been given extra validity through the voices of some teachers calling Joe Duffy to indicate their willingness to return to face-to-face teaching.

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