09. 01. 2018 14:17
The low average level of teachers' salaries, shortages of qualified personnel, poor technical quality of some facilities and an inefficient system of managerial competencies are the main issues affecting Slovakia's schools, according to a study carried out by the Slovak Towns and Villages Association (ZMOS). In Slovakia, towns and villages are in charge of managing kindergartens, primary and secondary level schools. The analysis aims to map out the current situation in regional education, by addressing specific problems and issuing proposals for resolving them. "The material has been drafted in five chapters, which are related to regional education as of 1990, within historical development, from the point of view of applied practice, but also with regard to finances and demographic developments," said ZMOS spokesman Michal Kaliňák. The analytical study is publicly available on the ZMOS website.
Last September, teachers' salaries were increased by 6%. At that time, Teachers' Unions refused to accept a continuous increase of 26.6% carried out in stages by 2020 in exchange for not striking during this period of time. In December the Education Minister Martina Lubyová stated that teachers' salaries might be increased again as of September 2018. Independent MP Miroslav Beblavý stated that the gross salary of starting teachers is some €700-750 per month. "If we have a situation in which the education sector offers teachers €200-250 below the salary of somebody who, for example, delivers food in a van, it's clear we can't have a high-quality school sector under these conditions," stated Beblavý.