14 april

Government promises to decide on teachers' salaries increase by mai 1

Prime Minister Iurie Leanca announced at the Friday education workers’ protest action that the Government will take decision on increasing salaries for teachers till May 1.

About 1500-1700 people came to the protest action in front of the National Opera and Ballet Theater.

Leanca assured the protesters that “even if the salary was not increased since the beginning of the academic year, this doesn’t mean that the Government and the Ministry do not want it”.

“The problem is in the lack of funds. The Government seeks for teachers’ salaries to be not lower than country average. We will look for domestic resources but we expect for the World Bank (WB) assistance. Besides, Romania allocated 20 million euros for providing necessary help for kindergartens and schools.”

The Prime Minister asked the protesters to take a 20 days break to make necessary calculations and identify the source of financing, which is not an easy process.

At the end of the protest, trade unions and teachers adopted a resolution, where they confirmed the request to increase by 50% salaries for all the categories of teachers, as well as to increase stipends for students.

Infotag’s dossier: Salaries in education sphere in 2013 increased less than 8% and, taking into account the inflation, even fewer. A novice teacher is receiving less than 1000 lei, because of which young specialists do not want to work in national schools and go abroad. As a result, among teachers there are many pensioners and the deficit accounts around 2000 teachers. A teacher’s average salary is slightly higher than 3000 lei, while the country average is 3700 lei. There are almost 120 thousand teachers in Moldova.