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$2 million Incentive for Reid- Should Other Principals and Other Teachers Receive Similar Incentives?


 

It is alleged that Ruel Reid was being paid an incentive of $2 million a year as principal of Jamaica College by the old boys and there has been a raging debate taking place within the education fraternity about whether or not this should have been so, as well as whether or not he was worth it.

 I would like to take a look at the incentive debate and take the real lesson from it. Let me start by saying my interest is not on focusing on Ruel Reid and the matter of the incentive he received.  As a Kingston College old boy I am not the biggest fan of Jamaica College, however, I want to think that the old boys would have been smart enough to link the annual payment to annual targets met.

 In writing this article my real interest is to take this opportunity to highlight the need and benefit of rewarding our principals and teachers for their hard work and achievements.

 I would like to take this opportunity to encourage more school boards and past students associations to find creative ways to incentivize educators. I have always maintained the view that all principals and teachers across the island should be paid an additional incentive on top of their salary that’s related to performance. Once a principal or teacher meets a set of targets that is given to them, I believe an incentive should be given for such an achievement.

 I have seen locally and internationally where incentives are given in the private sector. I am aware that not every organisation can afford to pay an incentive, however, what we do know is that the right incentive does lead to better performance.

 With so much failing schools and public bodies, would it not be prudent to offer performance incentives?

 Would it not make a difference if we offered our politicians an incentive to meet different Ministry as well as economic targets?

 People may have differing views on the topic of incentive/bonuses; however, we see where it does work.

 As they always say you can encourage hard work or get more results by sweetening the labour. This is me paraphrasing the old saying. They also say you catch more fly with honey than you do with vinegar. Humans will always be humans and the right incentives/rewards will have its desired effect.

I would like to take this opportunity to encourage the powers that be to consider ways and means of better incentives for our educators.

 

 

Contributor:

 James Darren M.A. B.Ed.

Freelance Creative Consultant

Florida U.S.A.