Teachers' salary to rise twice next year
Estonian Minister of Education and Research Mailis Reps on Thursday introduced at the Cabinet meeting the proposal to raise teachers' minimum and average pay twice next year, in January and September.
More first-graders this year
The number of children going to first grade from September 1 will grow this year, as it has for several consecutive years, which is why no schools will be closed this time around. This school year will see nearly 15,500 first-graders, over 700 more than last year.
01.09.2016, Nils NiitraPM
Parents cross swords with local leaders
In Karula Parish, South-East Estonia, a whopping near-doubling of basic school pupils has occurred during these past five years. To keep the miracle going, active parents stand in unyielding confrontation with local council and government.
06.05.2016, Nils NiitraPM
Emotions the string pulling Estonians back home again
Estonians dwelling abroad think Compatriots Programme benefits to be vital when teaching their kids the native tongue and culture – the cord to Estonia that serves to bring people back in later years as shown by impact assessment.
18.12.2015, Liis VelskerPM
Editorial: the kids sports parental hate speech issue
The screaming, spitting and cussing mama bouncing on the bleacher may be fun to watch, perhaps, in some comedy. In real life, spare me the encounter.
Arabic speakers countable on fingers
Lion's share of refugees coming to Estonia will be Syrians whose command of English will be our basic school level at best. Meanwhile, Arabic speakers in Estonia number under two dozen.
07.10.2015, Nils NiitraPM
Mastering Estonian: two years will do
In an old manor some kilometers from the refugee center at the village of Vao there sits this tiny Kiltsi Basic School. While, at education ministry, preparations for educators regarding refugees is starting next year, in this school with 60 students this is already reality.
21.09.2015, Tiina KaukverePM
Estonia lacks teachers for refugee children - school director
Estonian universities graduate at best 15-20 teachers for mixed-language classes annually, but since most of them focus on Russian-speaking students specialists for teaching refugee children whose mother tongue is for example Arabic are in short supply, a school director says.
Teaching Estonian: the good, the bad and the ugly
As admitted by Estonians teaching at Russian schools, the level the official language is taught is largely up to headmaster and other school management. A motley scene, but not hopeless. And how could it be hopeless when over a quarter of Russian kids at basic schools takes «language immersion» or goes to an Estonian school altogether?
25.05.2015, Nils NiitraPM
«I input and administrate these systems.»
Full conversations between journalist posing as 12th grader Heleri and IT-entrepreneur Fred posing as Mister X as they met.
01.04.2015, Helen MihelsonPM
Vahur calm after killing teacher
While firing shots at his teacher, Vahur – a 9th grader at Paalalinna School in Viljandi – was calm and composed. Felled by the bullets from a revolver belonging to boy’s father, Ene Sarap who used to teach German died before the blackboard.
28.10.2014, Nils NiitraPM
Estonian president offers condolences to killed teacher's family, school
Estonian President Toomas Hendrik Ilves offered his deepest condolences to the next of kin of the teacher killed in a school shooting in the southern regional capital Viljandi earlier in the day as well as to the school's teachers and students.
Studying Chinese increasingly «in» at Estonian schools
Among the more exotic tongues taught to kids at Estonian schools one finds Hebrew, Chinese, Latin, Japanese and Italian. Alas, some exciting ones have disappeared – for many a year, schools of general education no longer offer studies of Swahili, Arabic and Romanian.
25.09.2014, Merike TederPM
Govt counts money for public pay rise
A testing stone for the coalition, at its initial joint talks about next year budget today, will be allocation of public servant wage rises.
02.09.2014, Tuuli KochPM
Editorial: small schools under shadow of axe
«If school goes, life goes – from a village or a commune.» This, according to think-tank Praxis analysis on Estonian schools network, is a widespread statement on why Estonia keeps keeping alive its schools with few students. The same study claims the reasoning amounts to superficial simplification: a school alone will not breathe life into a region.
«Optimum» elusive for schools network
Local governments say they won’t close down undersized schools before the money runs out or numbers of kids drop to critical limit. They say: education ministry, eager to cut schools network, fails to grasp local conditions.
10.07.2014, Oliver KundPM
Editorial: wires crossed again. How come?
Well it’s gone haywire again, between education ministry and the schools. After teachers went on strike, the ministry vowed to prioritize their wage raise. Still, the teachers aren’t seeing any of the promised extra. Rather, new duties are being piled on.