Dominican teachers get 15% pay rise
Santo Domingo.- President Leonel Fernández announced the adoption of a series of measures in the education field yesterday, including a 15% pay rise for teachers as of August, the creation of 8,915 new posts for educators and the improvement of school infrastructure worth over RD$4.4 billion in a Complementary Budget Bill to be submitted to the National Congress.
He said that an initiative of this type, which is part of the commitment taken on by the government at the beginning of the year to boost education by RD$10 billion, was unprecedented in the country’s educational history.
Fernandez said that this RD$4.4 billion is in addition to the RD$5.4 million that will fulfill the teachers’ aspirations for a salary increase that is proportional to the development of the economy.
The president added that this is being complemented by initiatives or programs aimed at teaching perfection, the granting of incentives to teachers and to guarantee a retirement mechanism at the level and in keeping with the teachers’expectations.
The Minister of Education, Josefina Pimentel, said that the salary increase involves an investment of RD$1,144,440,000, the creation of new posts RD$477,467,748, and infrastructural improvement RD$2,253,240,000.
The leader of the Teachers Union, Radhamés Camacho, expressed his satisfaction with the measures, while pointing out that the union was seeking an increase of 30%.
Source: Dominican Today
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