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Brazil announces 15% minimum wage increase for teachers

Brazil’s Education Minister, Camilo Santana, announced a 14.9% readjustment in the minimum amount to be paid to teachers at the beginning of their careers.

“Valuing our education professionals is a determining factor for the growth of our country,” Camilo Santana said in a statement released by the Ministry of Education.

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The minimum amount to be paid to teachers will go from 3,845.63 reais (697 euros) to 4,420.55 reais (802 euros), in a country whose overall minimum wage is about 235 euros.

“The national floor of the category is the minimum amount that should be paid to public teachers of basic education, at the beginning of the career, for the journey of a maximum of 40 hours per week,” reads the same note.

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According to the local press, this salary adjustment had been disclosed in an interministerial ordinance in the last days of Jair Bolsonaro’s government, and has now been confirmed.

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