Blanket Pay Rise for Slovak Teachers Is Not a Solution

The Slovak education system has a number of problems but the generally low teacher salary is not one of them. Those who claim the opposite refer to an international comparison: the share of teachers’ wages in wages of university-educated people. Even the government reform plan says that this share reaches 88% on average in the EU, while Slovakia scores a little above 70%. This difference is identified as one of the main reasons why there is a necessity for a blanket pay rise for teachers in Slovakia.

If I Were Slovak Minister of Education

When you look closely into the part of the Programme statement of the Slovak government devoted to Education, you will find many well-meant objectives and ambitious measures. The first approach encompasses optimization of the network of schools, opening the textbook market, unification and equalization of financing, de-bureaucratization, or simplification of rules guiding establishment of primary schools.

Economics at home

The coronavirus stopped the functioning of companies and offices, closed schools, but certainly did not stop all educational opportunities. At INESS, we have decided to compile some chapters from “the Economics in 31 hours” textbook for teachers of Economics and Civics. Each topic contains a number of basic explanations and concepts, a video and an online test. The final output from students should be in a form of an essay on the topic of a given chapter. We always publish the chapters on the web, the test is available to all registered teachers in this year's Economics Olympiad.

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