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Latvian Education Minister: teachers' salaries will be our priority

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Аuthor: Edijs Pālens/LETAThe priorities of the Latvian Education Ministry will include the increase of teachers’ salaries and general re-organization of the system, so said the Education and Science Minister Vyacheslav Dombrovskis during a recent Saeima meeting.

As other priorities, he also mentioned the development of professional education and international competitiveness of higher education.

The minister emphasized that he invested much effort into preparing a report for the Cabinet of Ministers about the the teachers motivation and remuneration system. Work on this system continues even now.

When answering the questions of deputies, Dombrovskis noted that Latvian teachers are being paid inadequately low salaries. Doctors, rescuers and police officers are in a similar situation. It is clear that the current funding will not be enough to provide enough salaries to all of these industries.

Dombrovskis also mentioned that one of the main problems in the industry is the consequences of the demographic situation in the country. The situation is critical in the regions, where the number of students is rapidly reducing. “In my opinion, the state has to provide high quality education and equal opportunities for every child, regardless where the child was born, where children live or what their families’ level of income is. This is why will are progressing toward increasing the salaries of rural teachers. Teachers are unable to attract many students while working in the only school within 100 km radius with our current demographic situation“ , – the Education Minister said.

“At the same time, we need to understand that this will be a problem in the future. We are now faced with a dilemma – what do we do with the schools that have a very small number of students? This is not a problem of just the education industry. We have the same situation with hospital accessibility, as well as police, rescue service and road crew worker availability. Depopulation is major problem in Latvia, and we need to start discussing it openly”, – the minister noted.

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  1. JPR says:

    How much is the salary in Latvia for a teacher? 300 LVL? Or less? A loooong way to go

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