Staff at schools with many disadvantaged students will receive a temporary salary increase of an average of 8 percent. That is what outgoing minister Arie Slob (Primary and Secondary Education, ChristenUnie) makes Tuesday morning announced. The money is intended for schools that are at risk of losing employees. A temporary salary increase should entice them to work longer in these schools. This way they can alleviate the backlog from the corona crisis, is the idea of the ministry.
The extra money goes to schools in primary, secondary and special education where there is a greater risk of learning disadvantage. That includes such a 15 percent of all Dutch schools. According to Slob, catching up with learning disadvantages from the corona crisis is “extra complicated” in classes “with many challenging students”. Education suffers the most from the teacher shortage in these places, the minister reasons: teachers leave faster and vacancies remain open longer.
Teachers, directors, teaching assistants and other staff can look forward to the temporary salary increase. According to the ministry, a primary school teacher at the selected schools will gain an average of 350 euros per month, for a secondary teacher this is about 430 euros extra. The money comes from the national education program of 8.5 billion that the outgoing cabinet has used to absorb the consequences of the corona crisis.