Budapest, April 19 (MTI) – The human resources ministry has proposed that public school teaching assistants be given bonuses on two occasions this year and a 10 percent wage increase in 2017.
Deputy state secretary for public education Imre Sipos told MTI after a meeting of the public education roundtable on Tuesday that the proposal affects some 15,000 people and it was supported by the participants at the meeting.
The ministry is asking operators of non-state run schools to offer the same increase to teaching assistants, he said.
State secretary Bence Rétvári has indicated that nearly 100 billion forints extra will be allocated for public education in next year’s budget and the teachers’ and students’ representatives participating at the roundtable will be consulted about how to best spend this 23 percent increase, Sipos said.
Representatives of the teachers’ trade unions PSZ and PDSZ and the civil public education platform once again stayed away the talks. Rétvári expressed hope that these organisations will join the roundtable in the future.