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Prime Minister: we cannot spend money intended for development on teachers’ wages

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUWe cannot afford to spend the money intended for development on teachers’ wages, said Latvian Prime Minister Krišjānis Kariņš in an interview to LTV programme Rīta Panorāma on Wednesday, 6 March.

Latvian Trade Union of Education and Science Employees chairperson Inga Vanaga had previously said that teachers’ wages could be increased by diverting funding from construction general agreement or by stopping the construction of Liepaja prison. Funding, according to her, could be diverted from forestry. Kariņš said these expenditures are intended for development, which is why they should not be taken out.

Those who promise to find money either don’t know what they’re talking about or mislead others, said Kariņš, adding that construction of sports objects will not be halted in favour of increasing teachers’ wages.

The prime minister also stressed that Latvia and Estonia spend more or less the same amount of money on their education system. However, Latvia’s northern neighbours are able to provide twice as large wages, because their education system is more organized. Explaining the general situation, Kariņš added that there is no desire to discuss the reason why Latvia has not done the same thing.

LIZDA should assist ministries in sorting the education system, says the prime minister, adding that the promise to increase wages came with under the condition for the implementation of the education reform.


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