Riigikogu passed the Act on Amendments to the Basic Schools and Upper Secondary Schools Act and the Private Schools Act (799 SE), initiated by the Government (58 members of the Riigikogu were in favour and there were 3 abstentions).
The Act improves the flexibility of the use of the education expenditure allocation given to rural municipalities and cities for the management of municipal schools, by allowing local governments to use the investment support also for the labour costs of support specialists (speech therapists, psychologists, social pedagogy specialists), for commissioning the services of support specialists, or for the labour costs of heads of school, head teachers or teachers, for educational literature, in-service training, or school lunch. The procedure which is currently in force does not allow for that. The total volume of investment support as support from the state budget is planned to amount to ca EUR 2.6 million in 2015. The Act provides the opportunity to give municipal schools additional funds from the state budget for the labour costs of teachers. This concerns the rural municipalities and cities who manage one upper secondary school on their administrative territory, or where special conditions are applied in schools because of the language of instruction, which leads to special conditions in applying the national curriculum for upper secondary schools. The total volume of support is ca EUR 0.36 million.
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