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Higher wages for teachers

INSTEAD of a planned Sk1,600 (€40) hike, Slovak teachers will see their salaries rise by Sk2,000 (€50), if a proposal from the Ministry of Labour goes through, according to the daily Pravda.

Teachers at the start their careers and those who have worked in the profession for more than 16 years will receive the highest pay rise.

The pay scale for teachers starting their careers would climb from Sk10,920(€271) to Sk13,110 (€328). The draft proposal, "introduces a salary made up of a fixed amount plus a sum growing in percentage terms based on years of working experience. In the first 16 years, teachers will have their pay raised annually by 1 percent, and afterwards by half a percent," Labour Minister Ľudovít Kaník told the news wire TASR.

According to Education Minister Martin Fronc, the proposal is a breakthrough in remuneration for teachers and places emphasis on attracting young teachers.

"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 go up by Sk2,320(€58) but only by Sk810(€20) for a teaching professional who is approaching retirement," Fronc told TASR.

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