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Teachers and Civil Servants on Study Leave Seek Full Pay: A Battle for Fair Compensation

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Israel Ojoko
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Teachers and Civil Servants on Study Leave Seek Full Pay: A Battle for Fair Compensation

In the midst of escalating financial strains, a cadre of teachers and civil servants currently on long-term study leave have boldly advocated for the reassessment of their benefits.

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Their primary demand is to receive full pay during their period of educational enhancement, a move that reflects the challenges these professionals face while striving to augment their skills and knowledge.

The Push for Equitable Pay

Recently, a group of 11 teachers undergoing long-term training convened a meeting with officials from the finance ministry. Their request was a fair entitlement to the recent pay hike benefits being enjoyed by other civil servants.

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The issue arose when those on long-term training received a comparatively low salary increase, creating a noticeable pay gap between them and their counterparts engaged in active service.

The finance ministry, however, deemed it inappropriate to provide a different pay hike for civil servants on long-term training, triggering discontent among the affected civil servants.

Strikes and the Pursuit of Better Pay

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In an interesting development, the Department for Education has initiated a consultation outlining the implementation of minimum service levels in schools and colleges during strike action.

This proposal would apply across all state-funded educational settings, including schools maintained by local authorities, academies, and sixth form colleges during strikes organized by trade unions.

This move comes in the wake of a series of regional and national strike days that unfolded in 2023, as UK teaching unions fought for better pay for their members.

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Keeping Schools Open Amidst Strikes

The government's guidance, in response to strike action, emphasizes that schools are expected to remain open, if possible.

The Department for Education intends to introduce a minimum service level in schools during strike action to ensure face-to-face provision for priority groups.

Participating staff will essentially be free to do as they wish on the day and will not be expected to complete any duties related to their job, including marking work, contacting students, or planning.

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