Mailis Reps: Teachers pay rise requires 20 million kroons

  • 2006-07-07
  • By TBT staff
TALLINN - Estonian Education Ministry wants to raise the wages of teachers by 20 percent next year, although a pay rise of up to 12 percent is projected in the state budget strategy, ETV24 reported.

In an on-line interview to the daily Postimees Education Minister Mailis Reps said that a rise in the pay of 18,000 teachers required about 20 million kroons (EUR 12,8 mln) and the ministry was now negotiating for a 20-percent pay rise for teachers.

The government last raised the minimum wages of municipal school teachers this January. The minimum wage of junior teachers, established in 2003, rose by 1,250 kroons from to 6,600 kroons, and that of senior teachers from 6,490 kroons to 8,000 kroons monthly.