This may be another sad story from a teacher racing to upgrade herself (to be a graduate teacher) for the betterment of the future generation.
I share this story with other teachers who are in the same boat.
The recent announcement on the pay hike for civil servants (including teachers) has brought a big question mark: Are we, the DG29 (with 10 years or more service who missed DG32), who are now in DG41, ever considered? Never.
We are not even in the picture of anyone in any position of authority.
I dare say that we are a bunch of dedicated teachers.
Once upon a time, we sacrificed a lot to get hold of the scroll which we thought promised us better pay.
Alas, today, when we calculate our increment, we are far behind our colleagues.
There are more than five DG29 teachers in my secondary school with 10 years or more service who have been promoted to DG32 (time-based).
They will get RM500 more in their increments.
Another group involves young teachers with 10 years’ experience in DG41 who are waiting to be promoted to the DG44.
We, on the other hand, are teachers from DG29 who are now in DG41, with 18 years of service.
We do most of the work in school but have to be happy with a 15 per cent hike.
We lost our seniority in the process of upgrading ourselves by becoming graduate teachers.
We get the lowest pay now in school.
Someone in the Education Ministry must look into our case.