Moscow, (Prensa Latina) Education will remain free in the country, said on Tuesday Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, who promised a salary increase of 30 percent for teachers teachers as from September.
In his speech at the Pedagogical Congress of Russia, which announced his entry into the All-Russia Popular Front, Putin dismissed the rumors about a transition to paid education or to charging students for some specific subjects.
Mathematics, physics, the Russian language, foreign languages, history, geography, literature, chemistry, biology and physical education, among others, continue to be basic subjects which should be taught in schools according the federal or regional budget, said Putin.
For now, the national average wage of teachers is a little more than 15,000 rubles (about 536 USD).
But the salaries of teachers can be as low 5,500 rubles a month (about 196 USD), almost on par with the lowest salaries of the country, while other teachers in universities receive salaries of 25,000 rubles (about 893 USD.)
For this reason, in addition to the wage increase over the next two years, educators must have a personal income at least equal to the average salary of the region where they work.
Putin also called for improving the educational process, for which the state this year allocated 120 billion rubles (about 4,288 million USD).