Teachers' wages to reach €1,000 within three years - Education Minister

Teachers' average monthly wages could grow to €1,000 within three years under the new school and kindergarten teachers' remuneration scheme, according to Education Minister Kārlis Šadurskis.

Previously he had said that, as the ministry "isn't printing money", teachers' wage growth could be less substantial than the Education and Science Workers' Association had asked.

Appearing on Latvian Radio Wednesday, Šadurskis said that part of the funding for raising wages could come from optimizing the school network and closing the ones with few pupils. However real reform will not come before 2017, after municipal elections.

The ministry will try to encourage schools to participate in the reform with financial incentives. 

Šadurskis said the ministry will try to retain schools that are in proximity to students of grades 1 to 6 and offer recommendations as to how many pupils should classes from grade 7 to 9 have in order to qualify for the new, more generous payment terms.

Here's more info on the fairly complex rules governing minimum class sizes in Latvia from grade 10.

The Education and Science Workers' Association has asked to raise teachers' wages to €1,150 before taxes as the new wage scheme is rolled in. Šadurskis said it could only grow to €1,000 within three years.

The average wage in Latvia in 2015 was €818 a month before taxes, according to the Central Statistical Bureau.

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