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The Minister of Education and Research Jürgen Ligi replied to the interpellation concerning the teachers' salary rise and workload (No 2), submitted by Members of the Riigikogu Märt Sults, Aadu Must, Erki Savisaar, Siret Kotka, Toomas Vitsut, Valeri Korb and Mailis Reps on 14 April.

The interpellators wished to know to what extent it was planned to change the distribution of education allocations of cities and rural municipalities, and whether the new financing model took into account also the different price of study levels and the needs of the fields of study of upper secondary schools.

Ligi said that it had not yet been decided whether this model would be changed or not. The changing cannot be excluded. The Regulation has no specified term and there is actually no need to review it every year. “Under the Basic Schools and Upper Secondary Schools Act, support is granted for the labour expenses of teachers, the labour expenses of heads and head teachers, the in-service training of teachers, heads and head teachers, and for educational literature, school lunch and investments. The support is pupil-based, and the stages of study are not differentiated,” Ligi said. He noted that, in the calculation of the teachers’ labour costs support, the pupil-based rate is multiplied by the local government based coefficient. “This enables also municipalities with a smaller number of pupils to pay a competitive salary to teachers. This means that, with a smaller number of pupils, it is tried to keep the salary at the same level in smaller local governments,” Ligi explained.

The Minister noted that the support from the state budget guarantees a minimum of €900 for each post of teacher, and 20 percent for differentiation. The state grants the general support for labour costs. “It is for the owner of the school to shape the personnel and salary policy as well as the decisions as to which workload they consider reasonable in the school,” Ligi said. He explained that, in the first three months of 2015, the average remuneration of a teacher of municipal general education school had increased to €1063. For Tallinn, the distribution of the teachers’ labour costs support from the state budget guarantees a €1169 gross salary for each post of teacher.

Ligi also replied to the interpellation concerning the closing of Põltsamaa Vocational School (No 3).

During the open microphone, Jaanus Karilaid, Kersti Sarapuu, Helmen Kütt, Mihhail Korb and Viktor Vassiljev took the floor.

Riigikogu Press Service

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