Serbian Prime Minister Ana Brnabic said on Monday that the education system would get significant pay raises at the start of 2020.
Speaking during a visit to an elementary school in the Alibunar municipality with Education Minister Mladen Sarcevic, Brnabic said that the teachers and others in the education system “more than deserve the higher salaries”, a government press release said.
She said that the government had invested about 150 million Euros in the reconstruction of 128 schools across the country since 2014 with another 25 schools undergoing reconstruction and another 50 waiting for work to start through the Office for Public Investments whose chief Marko Blagojevic was with the Prime Minister.
Speaking to N1 on Sunday, teachers’ union spokeswoman Jasna Jankovic said that a large number of schools in the country do not have Internet access at a moment when computer classes are being introduced as a mandatory subject.
“The Serbian government will remain committed to education as the key to the success of our society. Last year we started introducing digital textbooks and this year Serbia has 10,000 digital classrooms for some 200,000 students in the country and we are budgeting for another 10,000 in 2020 with the aim of having the education system fully digital by 2021,” Brnabic said adding that 20 million Euros are being invested this year to provide 500 schools with fast wifi access to the Internet.