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Teachers to get 50% salary raise in 2016: Kazakhstan Minister of Education and Science

08 september 2015, 15:12
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Photo © Turar Kazangapov
Photo © Turar Kazangapov

Teachers’ salaries will be increased by 20-50% depending on the qualifications, Tengrinews reports citing the Minister of Education and Science of Kazakhstan Aslan Sarinshipov.

In response to the devaluation of the tenge, President Nazarbayev suggested increasing salaries of administrative civil servants, welfares and student allowances starting January 2016. After Nazarbayev’s suggestion, Deputy Prime Minister Berdybek Saparbayev announced a salary increase by an average of 27% for teachers depending on their qualification.

After revision of the budget for the upcoming year, Minister Sarinzhipov stated that the increase for the salaries would be from 20 to 50% depending on the qualifications of the teachers. 

“We have a very good news for our teachers. Today the government in accordance with the President’s order introduced the budget project for 2016. This budget includes a salary increase for teachers depending on category, number of years in the system, education and level of training. Salaries will be increased from 20 to 50% starting from 2016. 200 billion tenge ($833 million) were allocated for this purpose,” Minister Sarinzhipov told the journalists during his visit to the #81 Astana English School. 

This means a $40 to $105 raise for teachers salaries that start from 50 thousand tenge ($210). 

“Despite difficult times, Kazakhstan cares for its teachers. That is why, I want to express my gratitude to the President for the support on our teachers' behalf,” the Minister of Education and Science added.

It certainly is a move towards improvements of conditions for teacher in Kazakhstan. For Kazakhstani teachers who saw an only 10% salary raise after the February 2014 devaluation, the 2016 raise will hopefully cover some part of the money value lost in the 2015 devaluation.

By Gyuzel Kamalova, editing by Tatyana Kuzmina


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