ERIC Number: ED454219
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Mar
Can Teacher Salaries Policies Help To Improve the Social Conditions of At-Risk Populations in the Americas?
Gertel, Hector R.
This paper examines whether teacher salary policies in the Americas can contribute to sustainable development and improve social conditions among at-risk populations. Many countries have invested in specific interventions. Chile worked to boost learning at low-performing schools. Argentina invested in new facilities to provide poor, rural schools with better learning environments. El Salvador developed community-managed schools. Countries have invested heavily in teacher training, resulting in rising enrollments, literacy, and test scores. Governments need to make such programs permanent. The cornerstone of sustained success in bringing quality education to all rests on the government's ability to attract appropriate numbers of qualified candidates to reproduce these results systemwide. This requires expanding recruitment of qualified teachers, now a scarce resource because of perceived low salaries. Increasing opportunities for the well-educated top percent of the population has resulted in soaring incomes, while teacher wages remain low. Reduction of poverty in the Americas remains a serious challenge. Many hope that education can modify this trend. However, access to quality education for all children who now identify poverty with powerlessness and lack of access to the job market requires a major revision in teacher recruitment and salary policies. (Contains 17 references.) (SM)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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