Teachers' wages to rise to €900 in six years - plan

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By 2022, teachers' minimum monthly salary is to be increased to €900, according to a draft schedule for increasing teachers' salaries obtained by LETA.

The minimum salary for teachers will be increased gradually, starting September 1, 2018 when teachers' minimum salary for standard workweek, which currently stands at €680, will be raised to €710.

On September 1, 2019 teachers' minimum salary will be further increased to €750, then another €40 in 2020 and 2021 each. The minimum salary will then be increased €70 to €900 on September 1, 2022.

The total cost of increasing teachers' minimum salary to €900 will amount to approximately €112.7 million.

Part of the cost will be covered by optimization of Latvia's school network.

The schedule for increasing teachers' salaries has been prepared by a special task force that includes representatives from the Education and Science ministry, Finance Ministry, Culture Ministry, Welfare Ministry, Latvian Trade Union of Education and Science Employees, Association of Educational Institutions' Principals, Latvian Association of Local and Regional Governments, Latvian National Center for Culture, and Inter-Ministerial Coordination Center.

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