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State secretary: Government committed to raising teachers’ wages

The government is committed to raising the wages of teachers as steeply as possible over the next three years, a state secretary of the interior ministry said on Monday.

The government held the “the broadest ever” consultation in the sector last year, with up to 33,000 relevant questionnaires returned by teachers during the summer and the autumn and another 130,000 returned by parents in the winter, Bence Retvari said in a video on Facebook.

The government also held personal consultations with 400 teachers and principals in December, as well as roundtable talks on education, and meetings with the strike committee of teachers’ unions, he said.

The plan is to raise wages using central budget resources and EU funding, which will allow increasing teachers’ wages by 21 percent this year, by 25 percent in 2024 and by 29 percent in 2025, Retvari said.

“The average monthly wage of a teacher will go up by 75 percent to 777,000 forints (EUR 1,940) in three years,” he said.

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