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Salaries of monastic school teachers to be doubled

Myitmakha News Agency

Yangon, September 2 – detailed salary calculations will start to be made this November in a bid to increase the salaries of teachers at monastic education schools, according to the Ministry of Religion and Culture.

Calculations will reportedly be made prior to a proposal being made to Hluttaw for a two-fold increase in salaries during the forthcoming 2016-17 fiscal year.

“We’ll submit our budget for the coming fiscal year [to Hluttaw]. We’ll make calculations come this October and November for a two-fold increase in financial support for 2016-17, before then presenting to Hluttaw,” U Aung San Win, director of the Ministry of Religion and Culture, told Myitmakha News Agency.

The ministry currently employs a three-tiered monthly salary system to teachers at monastic education schools: K36,000 for primary-school teachers, K41,000 for middle-school teachers, and K45,000 for high-school teachers.

“A two-fold increase in salaries would see primary-school teachers receive K72,000 a month and middle-school teachers around K80,000 a month,” the director added.

Myanmar currently boasts 1,568 monastic education schools and over 7,000 male and female teachers.

“Whether it’s monastic education schools, or independent charity schools, I’m proud of such support for our nation. When monastic education schools were run solely by monasteries, we had to pay our teachers solely from as many donations we could collect,” said Badanda Sandima, head abbot of the Mingalar Parahita Orphanage in Yangon’s Twante Township.

The Ministry of Religion and Culture reportedly began issuing teachers of monastic education schools with monthly salaries back in the 2013-14 fiscal year.

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