Sharon Martens (40), primary school teacher
2551.29 net (including travel costs) for 4 days
“I have been teaching at several primary schools in the Nijmegen region for 19 years. I am also disappointed that we as teachers are often in the news because we want more money. To be clear: I am extremely proud of my work.
It is wonderful to see the twinkle in the eyes of those children. You can also really mean something to them and contribute to their future. But that also includes a fair reward and there has not been one for years.”
No more growing
As a primary school teacher, she has not grown in salary for years. And there is a considerable gap between the salaries of teachers in primary and secondary education. To close that gap, 900 million euros is needed. It will be 500 million euros. A first, good step to narrow the gap, says Sharon.
“The gap has been great for years: it saves several hundred euros per month. It is also very difficult to grow in primary education. That is strange, because we all have the same previous education. There should be no difference in appreciation between a teacher who twenty children in front of a group 3, or a math teacher in a HAVO 4 class.”
Sharon hopes for one important thing. “The teacher shortage has been enormous for years. Better salaries will make our profession more attractive. I sincerely hope that more young people will choose this wonderful profession in the coming years.”
Mitchell Scheers (36), community police officer
2500 euros net for 5 days
“Of course community officers also want more money. I work earn 2500 net per month for a full-time working week. That could really be a bit higher.”
The cabinet will set aside 200 million euros next year to hire more agents and boas. “I don’t know how many officers that is, but that is very much needed. The workload at the police has increased enormously in recent years.”
“In recent years, due to staff shortages, I have also had to work other shifts. Today, for example, I am in the emergency room to take 112 calls when I should have been in the district. As a result, my normal work is delayed.”
Mitchell has been a community officer for 17 years. He thinks it’s the best job there is. “As a police officer you are the eyes and ears of the neighborhood. You experience everything. Thefts, domestic violence, nuisance. You meet so many people, every day is different. I am a positive person, but we have also become skeptical in recent years The plans sound good, but I also think: first see is believe. The workload has only increased in recent years.”
A large majority of the House of Representatives is in favor of abolishing the loan system. It is up to a new cabinet to make that choice. Whether there should be compensation for the students who have built up a considerable debt in recent years is also up to a new cabinet. Minister Ingrid van Engelshoven (Education) says that there is ‘a considerable cost’ involved.