It seemed as if the toil would not end.
And what made it even harder was that elusive payday.
But this did not stop the ‘powers-that-be’ from demanding that we meet the strict deadlines.
So I kept on working on the unfinished business…unfinished work.
But the more I kept going on, the less I felt motivated.
The ‘money’ wasn’t coming any time soon.
Infact, I wasn’t even sure if it would come.
Such is the plight of ‘part-time lecturing’ in some of our public (and even private) universities.
To say that universities are efficient in delivering quality education is not really true.
Because many of them neglect some of the most important staff…
But this is not an indictment on all universities
There are a few which still do the honorable thing to motivate their part-timers.
You see, nothing motivates like a financial reward.
But what happens when no motivation exists?
What happens when work demands are met with no incentive on the horizon?
Well, I remember a quote by David Attenborrough, that famous conservationist :
‘Deserts demand so much yet avail so little to those who live there.’ (paraphrased).
Deserts don’t just exist in the wilderness but are alive and kicking in some of our universities.
So this is a note to salute these part-time lecturers who put in the hours for no pay.
It’s a note to appreciate those who are underpayed or not paid at all for their work.
”What is passion?” You may ask.
If you’re paid to work, perhaps you have passion.
But if you’re not paid yet still do good work, definitely you have passion for what you do.
Two important points such employers (especially universities) should consider before engaging ‘cheap labor’ in the name of part-time lecturers:
First, nothing motivates like working for your hard earned cash.
If they need to remain in the game of delivering quality, they must reward their part-time staff financially.
Interestingly this reward need not be big…transport, lunch allowance is good for a start.
(Is this too much to ask?)
Second, it doesn’t hurt to pay part-time staff at least at the end of every semester.
The fallacy that universities are not liquid enough to do so does not hold.
Expenditure is allowed for unessential activities such as hefty allowances for some staff members.
Yet money to pay part time staff is unavailable.
Cash strapped or lack of prioritization or even worse…
Corruption and embezzlement?
We live in a world which is driven by finances.
Expecting people to deliver quality yet denying them their pay is obnoxious.
If universities expect quality teaching, they must be prepared to pay for it.