Premier Ngirente has announced the development as he presented achievements of the government in the education sector under the National Strategy for Transformation (NST1) to both chambers of parliament.
The new plan will see the salary of primary school teachers holding A2 degrees increased by 88% while others with A0 and A1 degrees will receive 40% salary increment.
The salaries of head teachers, deputy head teachers and support staff working in public and government aided schools have been also revised upwards.
The decision will go into force effective from August 2022.
Premier Ngirente has also said that injected additional Rwf5 billion into the Teachers’ Savings and credit Cooperative (Umwalimu SACCO), in this fiscal year to increase its capacity to provide loans.
He expressed optimism that injected funds will further improve teachers’ welfare.
Normally, a newly recruited teacher paid on the basis on A2 degree received Rwf57,000 per month. A new teacher paid on the basis of A1 diploma used to receive Rwf137,000 while a recruited teacher paid on the basis of A0 degree would receive Rwf160,000 net salary.
As per new payment scheme, teachers with A2 degree will get a salary increment of Rwf50,849 while those paid on the basis of A1 and A0 degrees will have their salaries increased by Rwf54,916 and Rwf70,195 respectively.
Teachers to benefit from the pay rise include 68,207 holding A2 degree; 12,214 with A1 degrees and 17,547 teachers paid on the basis of A0.
At least 10,000 teachers would quit their jobs every year. Premier Ngirente has revealed that low salary was among reasons pushing them to give up on their jobs.
He expressed confidence that the salary increment will enable them to remain stable.
From November 2020 to August 2022, the Government of Rwanda recruited 28,512 new teachers in primary and 13,889 others in secondary schools.