Wage increases for 1.5 million Egyptian teachers

Ahram Online, Wednesday 22 Jan 2014

Teachers in state schools will now earn between LE1,796 ($258) and LE4,167 ($598) per month

Teachers demonstrate for better wages (Photo: Mai Shaheen)

Around 1.5 million school teachers will have their salaries raised, the finance ministry has announced.

The lowest paid teachers will receive a rise of LE425 to take their monthly salary to LE1,796 (approx $258), while the highest paid will receive an extra LE300 to take their pay to LE4,167 ($598) per month.

The increases coincide with the government's decision to raise the public sector minimum wage to LE1200 ($172.3) per month, finance ministry spokesperson Mosbah Qotb told Ahram Online on Wednesday.

The wage increases will be conditional on performance reports and clear criminal records.

Teachers have frequently called for higher salaries and better working conditions. In September 2011 they held their first strike since 1951.

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