Teachers to get an extra 500 million crowns

19-05-2008

Teachers are going ahead with plans for a one day strike on June 9th despite Education Minister Ondřej Liška’s promise of more money from the state budget. The minister said on Monday that the government would earmark an extra 500 million crowns for teacher’s wages this year, adding that this was the absolute maximum teachers can get. However, the teachers' trade unions have demanded an extra 3 billion this year to counteract inflation. According to the unions, more than half of the country's 200,000 teachers are in favour of striking, and are ready to close down nursery, primary and secondary schools.