MONTREAL, Sept. 8, 2011 /CNW Telbec/ - As another school year begins,
attention has turned to ways of improving the quality of the education
system in Quebec, especially through teacher evaluation and merit pay.
What's more, a poll carried out by Leger Marketing and published today
shows that Quebecers are very open to these ideas.
Indeed, two thirds (67%) of Quebecers are of the opinion that teachers'
remuneration should take into account their performance. In other
words, teachers getting the best results should be rewarded with an
overall salary that is greater than that received by their less
effective colleagues. As for teachers deemed to be incompetent, it's no
surprise to find that 9 out of 10 Quebecers want them to be fired.
"Remuneration policy is a tool that can improve educational quality by
valuing excellence in teaching," says Germain Belzile, director of
research at the Montreal Economic Institute (MEI), who collaborated on
the preparation of an upcoming Economic Note on best practices with
regard to merit pay for teachers.
The poll also shows that 39% of people wish that schools could be more
autonomous so that they could determine for themselves the best way to
remunerate their teachers. "This would represent a change of course
compared to the current situation, in which the Department of Education
makes all decisions. As a general rule, decisions that are made locally
offer greater flexibility in finding solutions to the particular needs
of each school," explains Mr. Belzile.
The poll, conducted from August 22 to 25, 2011 with a representative
sample of 1005 people, has a margin of error of + or - 3.1%, 19 times
out of 20. It can be consulted free of charge at www.iedm.org.
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