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$3.3m for ECE salary

Sherita Sharma
Saturday, November 24, 2012

KINDERGARTEN teachers will see an increase in their pay from next year.

Prime Minister Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama announced that as per the 2013 National Budget, the government would increase the salary supplement for early childhood teachers to $3.3million, from $1.3m.

Early Childhood Education (ECE) project manager Barbara Ratabacaca said the allocation was welcome news.

"As someone in charge of the ECE project, this is great news. What's more is that things are now specific," she said.

"Teachers' pay will now rise from about $3000 to $9000 based on the 2013 budget announcement."

She also said $100,000 would also be given for resources.

"Eventually all this will go down to the children. These are the building blocks that are needed," Ms Ratabacaca said. She said the importance of ECE was now being recognised.

"ECE is grateful to the government as it is the first time that the ECE has been given a place in the government budget," she added.

Ms Ratabacaca said previously a lot of prominence was given to primary and secondary levels.

"It is a morale booster, especially for community teachers.

"They will now feel the need to upgrade and become more qualified as well," she added.

Qauia community kindergarten teacher Sikiti Toga said the teachers would benefit greatly.

"The government of the day has come up with a very good incentive.It shows they have recognised our hard work," she said.

Ms Toga said she was sure kindergarten teachers were grateful for the announcement, and were looking forward to next year.