Minister promises pay hike
TALLINN - The Estonian minister of education has promised to increase wages for teachers despite the country's economic problems.
Teachers' salary will rise 8 percent next year, Tonis
Lukas told the daily Eesti Paevaleht in an interview.
propose to the government to raise minimum salaries of
teachers by 8 percent, which exceeds the average wage growth
forecast of the Finance Ministry. In addition to an increase
in structural fund financing out of European taxpayers'
pocket, teachers' pay rise is the only growing spending
article in the Education Ministry," Lukas told the paper.
agreement reached (on the budget) is good, spending and
revenue is balanced, and the final expenditure assignment is
the best that can be achieved in Estonia. I can be satisfied
with the solution," the minister said