Agreement signed between Education Ministry and UGTT on lifting decision to withhold grades

An agreement was signed on Tuesday afternoon between the Ministry of Education and the Tunisian General Labour Union (UGTT) on the lifting of the decision to withhold exam grades, the payment of dues mentioned in the agreement of February 9, 2019, and the increase of teachers' pedagogical bonus. The minutes of this agreement, which was sponsored by the Ministry of Social Affairs, was signed by Minister of Education Mohamed Ali Boughdiri, Deputy Secretary General of the UGTT Abdallah El Euchi and Secretary General of the General Federation of Secondary Education Lassaad Yaacoubi. This agreement mainly concerns professional promotions and the payment of the dues mentioned in the 2019 agreement, in addition to the increase of the back-to-school bonus to 75% of the gross salary as of September 2023 and the establishment of a research incentive promotion. It also stipulates the increase of the pedagogical bonus of 300 d, spread over 3 years from January 2026, 2027 and 2028 and the creation of a commission in charge of exceptional retirement for health reasons as well as the regularisation of the file of associate teachers. Under this agreement, it was decided to put an end to precarious work in this sector and to regularise the situation of substitute teachers. Minister of Social Affairs Malek Ezzahi presided over the signing ceremony of this agreement. On this occasion, he expressed the hope that the Ministry of Education and the General Federation of Basic Education would reach a similar agreement.

Source: Agence Tunis Afrique Presse