Until the end of the year, the "Contingency Fund" program left behind 16 million euros. So much money for pedagogues is not necessary to raise the minimum wage.
"[Latvijas Izglītības un zinātnes darbinieku] The figures of the trade unions (LIZDA) are much smaller, "said the Prime Minister, noting that at least 10 million euros is needed to raise the minimum wage for educators this year.
According to the prime minister, quantitative requirements are currently being set, that is to say, how many students should be per teacher, but there should also be quality requirements. "We have to ask," said the prime minister, noting that it is important to set quality criteria for the reform of teachers' salaries and also to continue the reform of the school network.
Kuchinsky acknowledged that he agreed with the leader of LIZDA, Inga Vanaga, that the revenues from the reform of the school network would not be able to find the minimum wage for all educators to raise the necessary funding.
That is why it is now crucial to estimate how much money can be earned by saving money and how many additional resources will be needed. According to the Prime Minister, most of the funding needed can be found at the Ministry of Education and Science.
The Prime Minister said that on Tuesday, August 28, "there" will be quite decisive coalition interpreters "on this issue.
"Of course we will not allow that [izglītības ministram Kārlim] Mr. Shadursky, one of the hero's dead, fell as the greatest defender of teachers. We try to find solutions in dialogue with the trade unions, "said the prime minister.
At the beginning of the year, the Cabinet of Ministers approved the planning for the increase in wages and salaries of teachers with an orientation for the period from 1 September 2018 to 31 December 2022. At the same time, it is established that the financial means for insuring the increase in the salaries of teachers can be found by organizing the network of educational institutions, by increasing the efficiency of the educational process, etc.
LIZDA announced this month that the coalition parties would be called for a new negotiation on the implementation of the law on education, but without debate, without result, will organize a picket on 18 September. Prior to the protest action, the trade union still wants to talk to the coalition parties in search of solutions for completing the teachers' teacher training scheme, thus raising the minimum wage to 710 euros.
Minister of Education and Science Kārlis Šadurskis ("Unity") has previously promised that the ministry led by him in the discussions on the reward of teachers would join the LIZDA. Shadursky is of the opinion that for this year the funds needed to raise wages can be based on the budget program "Contingency Funds", while the amount needed for the coming year should be included in the general budget.