The Minister of Education and Science pledges that teachers will be paid at least USD 230
Photo: Lucy Sargsyan, JAMnews
The need to increase teachers’ salaries is actively being discussed in Armenia.
Teachers in various schools throughout the country are paid different salaries for the same volume of work nowadays. This is determined by the number of students in class: the more the students, the higher a teacher’s salary is. As a result, in rural areas and towns with a smaller population and where there are few school students, teachers are paid less.
According to Levon Mkrtchyan, the Minister of Education and Science of Armenia, in 30% of the schools in the republic there are less than 10 students per class. The Ministry of Finance is now considering the possibility of setting the salary rate for teachers at AMD 110,000 (USD 230).
“The monthly salary will be AMD 110,000. Teachers will also be paid additional sums depending on their workload. But the minimum salary for teachers won’t be less than AMD 110,000,” the Minister reported.
Today, teachers who work in medium-size classes are paid AMD 95,000 (USD 200) per month.