Bulgarian Minister of Education: "Attracting Young Teachers Is a Challenge"

Krasimir Valchev, the Minister of Education, explained in front of journalists that attracting young people to the teaching profession is really hard. Only 8% of all teachers in Bulgaria are under the age of 35. He believes that keeping the teacher's salary above the national average is a must. 

Despite the government's constant struggle to attract students to pedagogical studies - nothing seems to work. Universities are offering more studying places, higher scholarships, and even free tuition. The Minister recognizes that it is both a PR issue and a matter of respect for the profession. Valchev believes that teachers should be the first to start propagating and advertising their line of work. However, he seems to be realistic and knows that the way our society is treating teachers is fundamentally flawed. It may well be the case that students don't want to be teachers because of the way their classmates behave in the classrooms. 

Currently, the minimum wage for teachers is 760 BGN (€380) and according to the government's plans, it should be as much 1250BGN by 2020/21 with an average teacher's wage being about 1500BGN(€750). The problem with making young people want to become teachers reflects the average age of the teachers in Bulgaria which is now 50.

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Vasil Manev

Vasil Manev is a student in Computer Science and an aspiring columnist, studying in Heidelberg, Germany.

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