Education

100% increment in allowance for rural teachers

Teachers in remote schools can expect double the amount of allowances this year, the Minister of Education, Mahendra Reddy, said in a press conference yesterday. The rural teacher allowance has increased to $2,400 per annum from $1,200 for single teachers and $3600 from $1800 for married teachers. The minister says schools in remote areas lack access to basic social […]

Peni Shute

January 15, 2016 12:23 pm

Teachers in remote schools can expect double the amount of allowances this year, the Minister of Education, Mahendra Reddy, said in a press conference yesterday.

The rural teacher allowance has increased to $2,400 per annum from $1,200 for single teachers and $3600 from $1800 for married teachers.

The minister says schools in remote areas lack access to basic social amenities so incentives should be given to meet their daily needs in those areas. He says the Ministry’s priority is the welfare of its teachers especially those who serve in remote areas.

Dr Reddy says this is the first time the Ministry has secured a separate allocation within its budget to pay these allowances.

The government is committed to providing the best possible services to these teachers to ensure their welfare is well looked after in the remote schools they serve in.

According to the National Budget, the Ministry of Education got $432.2 million this year to improve student teacher ratio in classrooms.

$7.9 million is allocated for allowances for teachers who go to remote areas.

Base salaries for all teachers  has also increased with primary school teachers now starting at $16,610 while the base salary for secondary school teachers will be $23,411.

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