President Solih announced his decision to ensure education sector staff receive a commensurate wage in his address at the opening session of Parliament on February 3, 2022. In his televised address today, President Solih described his decision as one that is crucial for nation-building which sees the pay of education sector worker increase by 50%.
President Solih shared additional details of the increments made to the salaries of teachers and other education sector staff. He added that the new changes would resolve challenges to attracting qualified principals to work in schools outside Malé City.
The salary increments were categorized into different ranks:
- Rank 1: MVR 30,610 (previously MVR 16,796)
- Rank 2: MVR 33,075 (previously MVR 20,798)
- Rank 3: MVR 35,452
- Rank 1: MVR 23,240 (previously MVR 12,547)
- Rank 2: MVR 26,023 (previously MVR 16,158)
- Rank 3: MVR 28,787
- Rank 1: MVR 13,266 (previously MVR 10,899)
- Rank 2: MVR 19,467 (previously MVR 13,008)
- Rank 3: MVR 20,895 (previously MVR 15,135)
- Rank 4: MVR 23,277
- Rank 5: MVR 25,958
The pay framework is classified into salary and incentives which will include the basic salary, monthly allowances, and attendance allowance. It will also include a special allowance for principals working in atolls ranging from MVR 1,000 to 5,000. Moreover, promotion and other increments will be reviewed every two years, according to Finance Minister Ameer.
The new salary structure will affect the pay of around 8,889 employees working in the education sector and it will consume MVR 488.6 million each year from the government’s budget.