Teachers Return to Schools in Cuba with Salary Increase

Havana, Aug 15 (Prensa Latina) More than 8,000 Cuban teachers will return to the classroom following the announcement by the government a few weeks ago of a pay rise in the budgeted sector, as local media reported Thursday.

According to Cuba’s Education Minister, Ena Elsa Velazquez, this reincorporation of experienced professionals will mean the 2019-2020 school year can begin with 95% teacher coverage.

Velazquez noted that some provinces, such as Santiago de Cuba, Guantanamo, Las Tunas and Granma in the east, and Pinar del Rio in the west, should have even greater coverage.

The process of reincorporation is being analyzed in detail because we must be sure that these people are still in conditions to contribute to the educational process in schools, the minister added, as reported by Juventud Rebelde newspaper.

According to Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel, the salary increase in Cuba is a start to bridge the gap between work and income in a sector that provides key services that are highly demanded by citizens.

Diaz-Canel indicated this decision is just the beginning of others to come, such as wage reform, the adoption of a more coherent price policy and currency unification, all in pursuit of economic and social development in Cuba.

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