On Friday, 7 September, by slightly easing initially proposed criteria, Latvia’s Education Ministry and its social partners managed to reach an agreement in relation to financing teachers’ wages from the state budget starting with 1 September 2020.
As journalists were told by Education and Science Minister Kārlis Šadurskis after meeting with partners, the agreement was reached that provision of funding for teachers’ wages will take into account the average compulsory centralized exam index, not the lowest index, as it was originally until now.
The lowest exam index will be taken into account from 2023 onward, when secondary school students are expected to undergo exams formed from new education content.
It has also been decided that quality criteria for the minimal number of students will be applied for 10th class and secondary school student groups.
Šadurskis said that monitoring will be organized to see if there is any need to change criteria in the future.
The minister stressed that quality criteria will remain decisive. With that, allocation of state budget funding for teachers’ pay will directly depend on the quality of education provided by education institutions.
It is planned that the government will tackle the issue of minimal wages for teachers next week.
On Tuesday, 4 September, the Cabinet of Ministers decided to postpone for a week the discussion regarding the possible increase of minimal wage rate for teachers because cooperation and social partners had objections regarding quality and quantity criteria in secondary schools.