Estonia offers way forward on teachers' pay

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The three Baltic states share challenges in education such schools with a small number of students and the need to increase teachers’ salaries, but the capacity to address those challenges is notably different, it was admitted at the 25th Meeting of the Education Ministers of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania.

"The salaries of teachers have constantly risen from 850 euros to 1,250 euros during past three years, but the minimum salary in Latvia is about 710 euros and in Lithuania about 800 euros,“ said minister of education of Estonia Mailis Reps, who was hosting the event.

“With the increases of salaries and the development of the image of teaching profession Estonia sets great example. Estonia’s principle to reorganize the school network and increase teachers’ salaries is something that Latvia and Lithuania seek to follow,” said Reps.

But Estonia has also something to learn from Latvia and Lithuania, said Reps. “For example, the Lithuanian solutions to ensure young teachers or motivation package of teaching staff has given great results. But on the other hand, Latvia’s and Lithuania’s approach to set the minimum number of students per school or class is not transferrable to Estonia as it may decrease autonomy that is one of the founding pillars of Estonia’s successful education system.”

The meeting takes place every year in a different Baltic State and, the next meeting will take place in Latvia.

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