By Peter Stevenson
THE decision by deputies to allow some 492 contract teachers to be made permanent is a “positive development” that will not incur any extra costs to the state, head of primary school teachers union POED Filios Fylactou said yesterday.
He said that the teachers unions had called for 300 teachers who were working on a contract basis to be permanently appointed as well as a number of positions be filled due to retirements and early retirements.
The House Finance Committee on Monday approved the un-freezing of 492 permanent positions for teachers in state kindergarten, primary and secondary schools.
Committee chairman Nicolas Papadopoulos said the positions had been filled by teachers who were on the education ministry’s list of teachers waiting to be assigned permanent positions.
AKEL MP Yiannis Lamaris hailed the decision. “You often pay more by not filling a position than if you have someone in place,” he said.
A total of 156 primary school teachers, 45 kindergarten school teachers and ten special education teachers will be made permanent. A total of 263 secondary school teachers who will be separated into their subject groups during a meeting at the education ministry next week and 18 technical school teachers will be made permanent.
Head of the secondary school teachers Themis Polyviou said many of the contract teachers who were made permanent already had years on the job. No permanent positions have been filled since 2011.
He said their salaries would remain the same and would not cost the state any extra cash.
New appointees would be on the A8 pay scale of €2041.49. This rises incrementally each year, ending 12 steps later at €3138.91. The next pay grade is the A10 scale with the first pay rise coming after four years. The final pay grade is A11 with a top gross monthly salary of €4469.76 after potentially working for 30 years.