24 FEBRUARY 1950, Page 2

The Underpaid Teacher

The decision of the teachers' panel of the Burnham Committee to give a year's notice of the termination to the present agreement on teachers' salaries is neither unexpected nor unreasonable. Everyone concedes that, by comparison with other professions, the teachers' pay is scandalously low. On the other hand the recent demand for an increase of all salaries by £150 a year would have involved expenditure which in the present financial stringency could not be contemplated. The forthcoming discussions will no doubt cover a wide field, including maxima and minima, the special increments for graduates and for holders of posts of special respon- sibility and so on. The time for such discussions is fully due, and there is little reason to believe that the Ministry of Education will be unsympathetic. The Treasury is another matter.