SLUTSK, 16 February (BelTA) - Teachers' salaries should be doubled in the coming years, Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko said during a working trip to Slutsk District, BelTA has learned.
“We need to double teachers' salaries in the coming years. It is not populism. The teachers have remained the mainstay of the society in the countryside, in small towns, regional centers and even in Minsk,” Alexander Lukashenko said.
The president urged to work to encourage newly minted teachers to stay in the system of education. “The trend has already reversed. I know some teachers personally who left school for higher salaries but who are ready to go back to school although the salaries are lower. Why? Because the holidays are long, the main working day lasts until 15.00-16.00. They are not tied to the desk like an accountant or an economist. But teachers' salaries should not be low,” the head of state said.
Alexander Lukashenko added that workers of kindergartens and medical attendants are also paid low, although their workloads are enormous. “The same is true about the cultural and social security sectors. Salaries in these sectors need to be increased gradually and, thus, we will be able to beat the Br1,000 average salary target. Both highly-paid and middle-rank workers will be getting a pay rise. My primary concern, however, is the low-paid categories,” the president said.
“We must meet the target of having Br1,000 average salary or even beat it in Q1, and continue increasing it gradually depending on the growth of the economy. We need to save on some things and stimulate the domestic demand. I am glad that the domestic demand is on the rise, but the growth needs to be faster. This means people should get decent salaries but they need to earn this money, of course,” the head of state said.More about President