Ba­sic edu teacher pro­mo­tions, salaries to be up­graded

The Myanmar Times - - News - EI SHWE PHYU eish­we­phyu@mm­times.com

EX­PE­RI­ENCED teach­ers are in line for a pay raise.

In or­der to boost qual­ity learn­ing from the ear­li­est grades, and re­tain ex­pe­ri­enced staff, the Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion’s Depart­ment of Ba­sic Ed­u­ca­tion will pro­mote teach­ers within their schools and up­grade their salaries.

Pre­vi­ously, teach­ers started out in the lower grades, and as they gained ex­pe­ri­ence were pro­moted to the mid­dle and then high school lev­els. The only way to move up the pay scale was to like­wise keep mov­ing up with the grades, which left the least ex­pe­ri­enced teach­ers re­spon­si­ble for the youngest stu­dents.

But now, in a re­newed com­mit­ment to boost­ing qual­ity ed­u­ca­tion from the ear­li­est grades, the min­istry said if a pri­mary school teacher per­forms well or ac­cu­mu­lates work ex­pe­ri­ence, they will be pro­moted to pri­mary school “ex­perts”, with lev­els 1 and 2. The ex­pert level sys­tem will be em­ployed at ba­sic, mid­dle and high school lev­els, ac­cord­ing to U Khaing Myal, spokesper­son for the Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion.

“As soon as the teach­ers get the pro­mo­tions, their salaries will be up­graded,” said U Khaing Myal.

The Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion has al­ready sub­mit­ted re­quests for el­e­vat­ing teacher salaries to the Min­istry of Plan­ning and Fi­nance and the Na­tional Gov­ern­ment Of­fice.

“When we get a re­ply from the Na­tional Gov­ern­ment Of­fice, we will in­crease teacher salaries,” he said. “It may be im­ple­mented this year.”

Cur­rently, a be­gin­ning pri­mary school teacher earns about K155,000, while a sec­ondary school teacher is paid a start­ing rate of K165,000, and a high school teacher ini­tially makes about K175,000.

There are 369,919 teach­ing staff mem­bers un­der the Depart­ment of Ba­sic Ed­u­ca­tion.

U Aung Than Oo, di­rec­tor gen­eral for the Depart­ment of Ba­sic Ed­u­ca­tion, was un­able to con­firm how much of a raise the teach­ers would be al­lot­ted, or the ex­act amount bud­geted for the new ex­pert level sys­tem.

He did say, how­ever, that about 85 per­cent of the ba­sic ed­u­ca­tion bud­get is ear­marked for salaries.

“We spend K80 bil­lion to K90 bil­lion on staff salaries at present,” he said.

Daw Ni­lar Win, a teacher from the Ba­sic Ed­u­ca­tion High School No 35 in Man­dalay’s Chan Mya Tharsi town­ship, said teach­ers have heard of the new plan, but have not been told much about it.

“We don’t know the month it will start. Most of the teach­ers think it may be April,” she said.

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