$2 million Incentive for Reid- Should Other Principals and Other Teachers Receive Similar Incentives?
Published: Jul 17, 2019
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.
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.
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.
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.
have seen locally and internationally where incentives are given in the private
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.
so much failing schools and public bodies, would it not be prudent to offer
it not make a difference if we offered our politicians an incentive to meet
different Ministry as well as economic targets?
may have differing views on the topic of incentive/bonuses; however, we see
where it does work.
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.
would like to take this opportunity to encourage the powers that be to consider
ways and means of better incentives for our educators.
Darren M.A. B.Ed.