Medvedev promises to raise teachers’ wages by at least 30%

MAIKOP, August 18 (Itar-Tass) —— Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has pledged to raise wages to school teachers by at least 30 percent.

“Wages will be raised through federal subsidies to the regions to modernize education, although much will depend on efforts taken by regional authorities,” he told a meeting of education specialists.

“Under the new law, teachers’ wages may not be limited by any norms but depend rather on their qualification, complexity and quality of their work,” he stressed. “Moreover, average wages of teachers must not be inferior to the average wage in the region’s economic sector.”

According to the president, the rules of granting subsidies to the regions were approved by the government and funds will be allocated from the federal budget.

Medvedev also noted that the new law on education envisages that municipal educational establishments will be reorganized as autonomous, which will make it possible to raise teachers’ wages. More to it, autonomous establishments will be allowed to use new financial and economic mechanisms, he said and added that some regions are too cautious in this respect.

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