Monday, February 7, 2011

Omani teachers sign petition requesting wage increase: why one teacher said no to signing

From what I have heard on the grapevine, a group of Omani teachers are passing around a petition requesting a salary increase.

One Omani teacher said he didn't need or deserve a raise and refused to sign. Here's why:

"I make close to the upper end of OMR 1000 a month. Most of those I work with, make much the same, excepting of course, the new teachers.

I know people who make only OMR 360 a month and live better than me, they just know how to save and spend their money. My job isn't that hard. Most teachers signing that position, their work isn't either.

If you want to argue, that the prices of food have gone up to justify a salary increase, I am not with you on that. We have what we need and more than that. If you want to buy a fancier car model or a bigger home than your family needs, that is a problem with your spending habits exceeding your earnings, not a problem of the Omani government that you should be looking for a Government hand-out to feed.

The prices for things have indeed gone up, and if you were handing me a petition to have the government control food prices and other essentials like housing, electricity, water, ect.... I'd sign it in an instant.

But we already make more than the average Omani who might have a harder job than ours, and who works more hours, so how does raising our salary help those out who also have to deal with the rising cost of living? If I know a man who can afford rent, feed a family of five and keep a housemaid for 360 rial, while costs are still rising, can you tell me honestly that someone who makes OMR 800 needs more than that to live decently?"

I read today in the Times of Oman that the government was making some effort to control agricultural prices. This is kind of a random post, but this was a totally unique statement I wasn't expecting from an Omani so I thought I'd share it with you all:D


AmasE°♥ said...

but i guess the main point in this protest wasn't abt raising the salary right? my aunt is a teacher and she is paying everything for the class starting from board pens to exhibitions' needs and accessories... she almost spend more than 100 rials on that.. why? isn't that the government responsibilities??? but though her school is working those days unlike the others i don't know why they didn't protest with the others

cheers :)

рεяfεcтℓγ▪ιмpзяfзcт said...

i respect that man

Anonymous said...

Strange, I was planning to talk about this :) My new post will be about those teachers.

My sister's salary is more than 1000 rials, but I think she lost so much money in the schools where she worked. Problem is that teachers sometimes have to pay for things the government is the one who should pay for. It's that annual hygiene competition that forces them to lose their money on stupid things, which is totally unfair.


Nadia said...

I enjoyed that very much. Good to know there are still SOME sensible people around! Thanks for sharing

MaryAnn said...

As Salaam Alaikum,

Ya Allah if many people thought along those same lines, MashaAllah. I live in the UAE and the lifestyle here is worse than the US mentality of "keeping up with the Joneses".

I loved reading about his thoughts

Omani Princess (not Omani LOL) said...

Amase: I think the main problem with the protest isn't clear. The majority of [at least from male teachers] is salary increase. But my Arabic is pretty rough so what I get off of the Sabla might not be the best translation lol. They are also protesting rising living costs, and bad decisions from the Ed. Ministry for you know, wasta postings, useless things ect...

I am sure this Omani guy who told me this quote is quite against teachers having to buy teaching supplies. THAT SHOULD be protested.

Omani Princess (not Omani LOL) said...

Perfectly Imperfect: On most issues, mashaAllah, he's wonderful guy.

Omani Princess (not Omani LOL) said...

Mimi: Yes, that should be protested and changed, not by salary increase, but on a policy change. At least, that's how I feel.

Bad teachers don't spend extra on their students do they, but the good ones do, so a salary raise wouldn't fix that across the spectrum.

Omani Princess (not Omani LOL) said...

Nadia: Yes, it surprised me.

Omani Princess (not Omani LOL) said...

Mary Ann: Wa alaikom e salaam ramatullahi wa barakto,

OMIGOSH yes, I saw that so much when I was in UAE. Honestly, I found it hilarious.

Oman is a little better than that, but some people expect money for no reason ect... which can be a problem.

This is a rather responsible and humble person, who taught among poorer Omanis for a long time, and the Beduoin, so I believe that helps people gain perspective.