Cabinet approves changes in school funding

Teacher salaries and student transportation included in the amendment approved on June 7.

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Changes in state allocations for primary and secondary schools were approved by the cabinet on June 7. The deliberations had begun in May but were paused to allow the Education Ministry to renegotiate certain portions of the amendment with the Finance Ministry.

Transportation allowances will now be available to students who are education in the language of a national minority, the TASR newswire wrote. Under the current law, families who live in a village that has a Slovak school but send their children to a school taught in the language of a national minority are ineligible for the transportation allowance.

The amendment will also affect salary norms, or the amount of money that the state allocates for teachers’ salaries. The amended law will take into consideration the length of practical work experience when calculating salary norms for future periods. Contributions for teachers’ assistants will now be allocated for a school year, rather than for a calendar year.

The amendment hopes to reduce red tape within the school system.

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