Teachers at the Nys School for the Deaf in Brisbane, Australia, are recommending retirement gifts to help the school maintain a high standard of teaching, The Courier Mail reported.
The Nys Teachers’ Association (NTTA) said it is working with the school on the proposal, which the association’s chief executive, Matilda Teachers’ Union (NTU), said is part of a larger “plan to address teacher retirement needs”.
The union’s president, Mike Taylor, told The Courier-Mail that the proposal would be funded by a tax-deductible contribution from students and the NTTA.
“The tax-exempt contributions from students is the only way that we can afford to maintain our standards of teaching,” he said.
“We want to make sure that we have the support of the community, and the support from the school, to ensure that we are able to deliver quality education to the students that we need to provide.”
The union said the proposal is the latest step in a long-term plan to “build the infrastructure of an effective public education system” and is a first step to ensure “a high standard” of teaching is maintained.NTTA is considering making a $30,000 contribution to the school’s pension fund, NTTA Local Schools Minister Chris Finlayson said.
“Our goal is to have a strong pension system for teachers and support for our teachers,” he told The ABC.
“If we can do that, then we’ll be able to continue the success of the school.”