Prague - The Czech Education Ministry 2015 budget should be 4.2 billion crowns higher than this year, Education Minister Marcel Chladek (Social Democrats, CSSD) said after his talks with Finance Minister Andrej Babis (ANO) today.
Ministr školství Marcel Chládek vystoupil 22. května na tiskové konferenci na SOU elektrotechnickém v Plzni. ČTK Němeček Pavel
Chladek said he was satisfied only partly since he originally demanded 5.3 billion crowns more.
He said most of the extra money, 2.5 billion crowns, would go to teachers´ salaries. Half a billion crowns would be used for salaries of other school employees, such as janitors, cooks and administrative staff.
The average monthly gross wage of other school employees than teachers is 14,500 crowns, including those in managerial posts, while the national average in the Czech Republic was 25,128 crowns last year, school unions pointed out recently.
At least 300 million crowns more would be spent on psychologists, assistants and teaching aids in schools and to cover the costs of an increased number of children in kindergartens and primary schools.
Before the talks with Babis, Chladek also mentioned finances for projects of the research and development operational programme.
He said he would discuss this issue in another meeting with Babis and Deputy Prime Minister for Science Pavel Belobradek (Christian Democrats, KDU-CSL).
The Education Ministry´s budget is 125 billion crowns this year. Subsidies from EU funds are not included in this sum, however.
Under 4 percent of GDP are earmarked for schools in the Czech Republic, while the EU average is 6.1 percent of GDP, Chladek said previously.
Culture Minister Daniel Herman (KDU-CSL) negotiated about the next year´s budget of his ministry with Babis, too.
In 2015, the Culture Ministry would get 10.7 billion crowns according to a preliminarily agreement. However, Herman and Babis will hold further talks on the issue in September.
The ministry would like to get half a billion more, its spokeswoman Helena Markusova told CTK.
Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka (CSSD) promised a month ago that the Culture Ministry would get 1 percent of the Czech state budget in 2017, without expenditures on churches, which are also part of the ministry´s agenda.
The previous governments made the same promise, but since 2008, when the economic crisis erupted, it has been about 0.5 percent.