The PO Council calls it “very good news” that the House of Representatives wants to increase the wages of primary school teachers. The General Education Association (AOb) also calls it “fantastic that there is finally money”. For the union, the decision was “completely unexpected”. Parliament decided on the night from Thursday to Friday.
The House wants to spend 500 million euros on raising wages in primary education. The PO Council – which represents primary schools – sees this as a “serious way to do something to close the gap between the salaries of teachers in primary and secondary education”, according to a spokeswoman. According to the council, 900 million euros is needed to bring the salaries completely equal. “But this is an important step in making the profession more attractive. And that is essential in solving the teacher shortage.” The AOb also points out that the amount is not sufficient. Driver Thijs Roovers: “The 500 million is not yet enough to close the gap, but we are halfway there. The head is off.”
Result multiple actions and strikes
The AOb sees the intention of the House as a direct result of several actions and strikes in education in recent years. According to Roovers, it is “clear that social pressure about the problems in education has become too great.”
More attention for support staff
The PO Council further points out that the money should not only go to teachers, but also to school leaders and support staff. The AOb believes that more attention should be paid to support staff in education in any case. “Supporters are indispensable for extra hands in the classroom, for safety at school, for good administration and good ICT. They also make the school. And they too have to deal with increasing work pressure and an undervaluation of their work.”
Education councils happy and surprised with increase in wages for primary school teachers
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