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Audit shows some Latvian municipalities are slow in matters of teachers’ wages

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Half of the ten municipalities inspected last year still have not adopted State Audit’s (SA) recommendations to prevent unequal treatment of teachers when it comes to matters of wages, SA reports.

Only four out of ten Latvian municipalities inspected last year by SA have adopted recommendations. These are Auce, Kocēni, Krustpils, Sala and Vecumnieki municipalities.

Four municipalities still have not adopted recommendations. These municipalities are Burtnieki, Koknese, Krimulda and Ķegums. Nereta municipality failed to adopt recommendations within the allotted time provided. Even Education and Science Ministry continues adopting various recommendations.

After the audit municipalities were provided with 68 recommendations. 34 of those recommendations have been adopted by five municipalities. Education Ministry continues work on adopting seven recommendations.

SA explains that this means five municipalities will finally provide 509 teachers of 19 education institutions the right to receive information regarding workload and possible wages in the new school year in advance.

When improving work time records, municipalities have prevented the problems that had previously affected 828 teachers of education institutions who were not paid overtime in accordance with regulations, SA explains.

SA adds that as a result of adoption of provided recommendations five municipalities have ensures equal treatment of teachers, providing them a specific wage rate, additional work and bonus amounts. On top of that, these municipalities have established criteria for comprehensive and result-focused order for payment of bonuses. This provides teachers equal opportunities to receive additional pay for work.

«In our recent audit we uncovered unnecessary bureaucracy in records of work performed by teachers and their wages at different education institutions, high violation risks, as well as ambiguity in certain rules governing payment of wages. We are happy to see our recommendations taken to heart, and the changes adopted shortly before the beginning of the school year offer hope that the ice has started to move in the education industry. Nevertheless, there is still a lot for municipalities and schools to do in education. The same applies to Education and Science Ministry,» says State Auditor Elita Krūmiņa.


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