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Education Minister: teachers should be paid at least 500 LVL before taxes

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Vyacheslav Dombrovskis

Vyacheslav Dombrovskis

Teachers’ remuneration without overtime should be as high as 500 LVL before taxes, said the newly appointed Education and Science Minister Vyacheslav Dombrovskis.

In his interview to 900 seconds programme of LNT, he noted that he plans to begin working on this matter in the near future. However, at the same time, he emphasized that there should not be much hope in a very high amount of funding for the industry.

The level of teachers’ remuneration is not the only unfair thing. According to the “money after student” system, the major part of teachers’ salaries is dictated by the number of students. According to the minister, it is impossible to attract more children in rural schools.

He believes this system can be preserved in schools in cities, but rural regions require other solutions.

The initiated reforms will be continued, the minister said. He emphasized that he will try to achieve better cooperation with industry representatives and find compromises. At the same time, Dombrovskis said that he is “not a clone of Roberts Kilis”, and that he will be employing other work methods.

BNN previously reported that the Latvian Saeima had appointed Vyacheslav Dombrovskis of the Reform Party to the post of Education and Science Minister last week.

46 parliamentarians voted in favour of Dombrovskis, 28 parliamentarians voted against.

Dombrovskis has presented five priorities for the future of the education and science industry in 2013-2014. All of them are related to the now former Education Minister Roberts Kilis’ initiatives.

In regard to the teacher motivation system development and implementation, Dombrovskis says that the goal is to create a teachers’ motivation, remuneration and professional work quality assessment system.

His second presented priority is making general education free of charge. This is planned to be achieved through providing clear answers to a popular matter in the public – when education money is required to achieve the standard of general education. More importantly – which portion of the funding is provided by the state and which is provided by the parents.

He also mentioned close cooperation of professional education with the job market. Another of Dombrovskis’ priorities will be the raising of the quality of higher education with help from the industry’s representatives.

Dombrovskis received his PhD in economics in the Clark University, USA. He is fluent in three languages.

It is expected tat RP’s Saeima faction will be led by Edmunds Demiters. The Saeima National Economy, Agriculture, Environment and Regional Policy Commission will be managed by Janis Ozolins. But this is still to be decided by the commission.

The former Education and Science Minister Roberts Kilis submitted his resignation to the Prime Minister Valdis Dombrovskis on Tuesday, April 30.

On Monday, April 29, Kilis announced that he is prepared to leave his post due to health problems, but only as long as the government provides a worthy successor to finish the initiated reforms.

“I have been in the hospital four times since my appointment as minister. I was close to infarction in two of those times. Working at the ministry has been a burden, both mentally and physically. I am no longer able to afford to go 200%, as it is required by the industry. Nevertheless, I want to be sure that the ministry will continue moving in the chosen direction. The moment I am certain about this, I will resign”, – Kilis said.


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  1. Ralph says:

    500 lats for a teacher.Now I understand better the Latvian teatcher who cleans the rooms in the hotel I used to work.Latvia is really a third word country.

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  2. JPR says:

    Like the handjob hunnies…

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