Becoming a principal in the public school is not that fulfilling
Many teachers in the public schools aim to get a higher position over the past years. For them, any promotion is a great milestone in their career. Many teachers are trying to compete with one another over a single promotion. Others even tend to have disputes over each other in order to get that position they aim for.
In connection with the promotions, principal position is in demand. A teacher is eligible to apply for a principal position if he/she graduates a doctorate degree. In the past years, it is not that strict with regards to the educational background, unlike now.
In a real setting, there is only one reason why many wanted this position. It is of course for the salary and none others. If you become a principal, your salary will also increase. It is a hypocrite act if we deny that the reason we work hard is for us to earn much money. The only thing that will make us survive in this crazy world is that if we have money to buy what we need.
I say that being a principal is not that fulfilling. I am not a principal, I am only a simple teacher in a plain public school but I saw what it’s like to fight for your way up. My colleagues are fighting over the higher positions in our school. This is not only the issue in my school but the other public schools as well. Friends became rivals and even enemies over a position. Master teachers are also fighting and backbiting each other over a mere promotion.
In silence, I reflected to myself. I came to realize that being a principal is not that fulfilling. Why? If you become a principal, you have all ears and eyes on you. May you be a good or a bad leader, it doesn’t matter, there are always issues and concerns that will always haunt you. Your friends will turn your enemies and they will backbite you when you turn your back. Your salary which you think is high cannot even compensate the stress you will feel. The amount you earn as a principal is nearer the amount the Master Teachers are receiving. You actually think that you have a high salary but it is not. Your salary is not even half of those professors and deans in the state universities.
My realization may not be all true with yours. Well, what can I say? We have different perspectives in life. It is only that I am looking at the real scenario of this position. In this life, whether you are an average earner or a high-salary worker still if you have more wants, you will need more. As for me, positions are not important. Your bond with your colleagues and your attitude at work is what matters most. That is the reason why some teachers prefer to stay low rather than aim the highest point. – Clea | Helpline PH