In less than a year after the audit “Is the management System of State Earmarked Subsidies for Teachers’ Remuneration Efficient and Ensuring the Use of Funds Conforming to the Statutory Regulations?” in ten local governments, a half of the audited local governments have already implemented recommendations, thus eliminating unequal treatment of teachers in terms of remuneration before the new school year begins.
“The audit revealed unnecessary bureaucracy in the accounting and payment of the work of teachers in municipal educational institutions, high risks of the violation, and several ambiguities in the payment terms of for teachers. We are pleased currently that they perceived our recommendations, and changes made shortly before the school year raise justified expectations that the ice is broken in the education sector as well. However, there is still a lot of work for local governments and schools in the area of education, as well as for the Ministry of Education and Science supervising this area,” admitted Auditor General Elita Krūmiņa.
Auce, Kocēni, Krustpils, Sala, and Vecumnieki Regional Governments have implemented recommendations; four regional governments, namely, Burtnieki, Koknese, Krimulda, and Ķegums Regional Governments have not reached the term of implementation yet, but Nereta Regional Government has not implemented them on time. The Ministry of Education and Science is also continuing to implement the recommendations.
The audit resulted in 68 recommendations to local governments, of which five local governments have implemented 34 recommendations now. The Ministry of Education and Science should continue its work on implementing 7 recommendations.
In fact, this means that 509 teachers from 19 educational institutions in five local governments are finally granted the right to be informed about their expected workload and potential pay in the new school year promptly. Besides, while improving the accounting of working time, local governments have eliminated shortcomings that affected 828 teachers from educational institutions who were not paid for overtime worked according to the regulatory framework.
In five local governments, the implementation of the recommendations already resulted in provided equal treatment of teachers by setting their salary rate, additional work to be done, and the amount of bonus and cash prize to be awarded. Similarly, educational institutions in those local governments have defined criteria for a clear, performance-based system for awarding bonuses, premiums, and cash prizes. Hence, teachers are given an equal opportunity to earn extra pay by meeting certain criteria.