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South of Spain, bullying at work ?

Discussion in 'Teaching abroad' started by volvere, Oct 17, 2017.

  1. vayacohones

    vayacohones New commenter

    All international schools need to make a profit. Fact. Teacher´s salaries are one of their biggest outgoings so that is something a for profit school will look at. The margins in education aren´t usually that great so either up the fees or cut the wages/staff numbers or both/all three. The pips will squeeze during lean times. That´s life. But the challenge for these schools now is to pay low wages in cities where the cost of living is climbing with raising fees. In Málaga with the tourism boom it is almost impossible to find a one bed apartment for less than 700 eur with bills on top. Since the take home pay at these schools is in the range of 1500/1600 we are sinking into the realm of tefl teachers wages. Which is fine if you are single and there for the lifestyle for a few years. The school will shore up the deficit in standards by increasing expenditure in marketing.

    It is just a symptom of our times and international education is no exception.
  2. docHolliday

    docHolliday New commenter

    The profit motive can work for and against teacher job security. A school with an excessive turnround of staff provokes a bad reputation. So in my experience a school renowned for a rapid staff turnover suddenly ends up begging everyone to stay.
  3. DocShew

    DocShew New commenter

    Begging in what way? Just words or offering better pay / working conditions?
  4. volvere

    volvere New commenter

    Begging in the way that they now do not even advertise in the mainstream education press but sift through the flotsam and jetsam of the local press for the desperados prepared to work for convenio rates. because they have commitments, are trapped, substandard, retired, on holiday etc. That is the sorry state these schools are in. Some would say the logical outcome of the neoliberal experiment in education. The profit motive. The parents/clients (for it is they) are complicit, til the penny drops, Theirs.

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