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New Salary Scale For Teachers Spelt Out

New Salary Scale For Teachers Spelt Out
Assistant Minister for Health and Medical Services Alex O’Connor (left), and Opposition MP Prem Singh. Photo: Parliament of Fiji
July 14
11:33 2017

More than 1000 Diploma-holding teachers who were paid $16,610 will now receive an adjustment to their salary which will now be $18,056 per annum.

This was announced yesterday in Parliament by Attorney-General and Minister for Economy Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum.

Whilst researching the current salary rates and cost implications of the move to the new Salary Bands, the Civil Service Reform Adjustment Unit found that graduate teachers were paid at different rates.

On further research with the ministry, they confirmed that Diploma holding teachers were paid on Scale ED8A, starting on Step 14 at $16,610 in accordance with the 2012 PSC Circular.

However, further research found that Diploma teachers who commenced prior to 2012 started on Step 12, at $18,056 per annum.

This was in recognition that at that time, there were two-year and three-year Diploma graduates with those with the longer training being paid higher.

“We have since held discussions with the Ministry, have resolved that whilst confirming that the Ministry has acted correctly in accordance with the PSC Circular, as a gesture of good faith, prior to moving to the new salary bands, the Diploma holding teachers will all move to Step 12, at $18,056 per annum, effective from the beginning of the 2017 school year,” Sayed-Khaiyum said.

This will be at a cost of $1,347,863.

“This cost can be borne from the Job Evaluation funds remaining in 2017 under Head 50,” he said.

“This will ensure equity for all teachers when we introduce the new salary bands from next month.

“In transition, this will ensure that there is no disadvantage to those who were employed after the 2012 PSC Circular, as they will move to the same step in the new salary bands as their colleagues.”

Edited by Ranoba Baoa

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