Teachers’ salaries to be raised 20 to 25 percent on January 1

Teachers’ salaries will be increased by 20 to 25 percent on January 1, 2009, Education Minister Alyaksandr Radzkow told reporters in Minsk on July 18.

As BelaPAN reports, the rates at which general and “special” educational institutions, except “special” pre-school institutions, as well as technical and vocational schools pay the teachers in their employ are to be increased pursuant to Alyaksandr Lukashenka’s July 17 presidential decree, the minister said.

The decree additionally entitles newly graduated teachers to monthly fringe benefits of one time the First-Class Worker Rate (currently 73,000 rubels, or $34.2), according to Mr. Radzkow.

The decree makes the heads of educational institutions eligible to fringe benefits that are paid to highest-category teachers, he said

The decree does not provide for shortening the full-time working week for teachers by two hours to 16 hours, as was earlier proposed, Mr. Radzkow noted.