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Teachers pay may rise

Instead of the planned Sk1,600 (€40) pay increase, teachers in Slovakia should receive an increase of around Sk2000 (€50), if a proposal prepared by the Ministry of Labour, Social Affairs and the Family goes through, according to daily Pravda.

The pay review is designed to attract young people into the teaching profession. Monthly salaries for career-starting teachers would climb from Sk10,920 (€273) to Sk13,110 (€327).

The draft proposal, "introduces a salary made up of a fixed amount plus a sum growing in percentage terms based on experience. In their first 16 years, teachers' salaries will rise at an annual one percent, and afterwards by half a percent," Labour Minister Ludovít Kaník told news wire TASR.

Education Minister Martin Fronc said the proposal is a breakthrough in remuneration for teachers that places the emphasis on attracting young graduates.

"We need new blood in the education sector, new computer-literate, Internet-handling teachers who speak foreign languages. The wage of a teacher with a year's experience will henceforth go up by Sk2,320 but only by Sk810 for a teacher with 32 years in the profession who is approaching retirement," Fronc told TASR.

Compiled by Beata Balogová from press reports
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