New coalition: Teachers' salaries would be raised to 120% of national average (4)
A coalition of Center Party, Social Democrats, and IRL would raise the minimum salary of teachers to 120% of the national average. The parties also agreed on the funding of school lunches, ETV’s “Aktuaalne Kaamera” reported on Tuesday.
Chairman of the Social Democrats, Jevgeni Ossinovski, said between negotiating sessions on Tuesday that compulsory education was also being discussed, namely to change it towards making sure that everyone who passes the Estonian education system would have at least a professional degree.
“As the shortage of qualified workers is one of the Estonian economy’s biggest issues, we have agreed that the compulsory education system should be changed in a way that all Estonian youth graduate school with at least a professional qualification or degree,” Ossinovski said.
IRL chairman Margus Tsahkna confirmed that the Institute of the Estonian Language (EKI) would not be closed, and that it wouldn’t be merged with a university either. Suggestions made under the previous government had included considerations to add EKI to the University of Tartu.
Center Party chairman Jüri Ratas said on Tuesday that he was going to inform President Kersti Kaljulaid about the progress made in the talks as well.
Ratas added that as the negotiations hadn’t come to a close yet, what the parties didn’t agree on couldn’t yet be discussed. “We’re looking at things with a positive attitude, and we’re talking about what we have agreed on. There are definitely issues where we won’t come to an agreement, and which won’t make it into the coalition agreement at least in this group,” Ratas said.