Teaching English in Russia within the country’s public sector is an incredibly rewarding experience, as the Russian curriculum is rich in history and culture. In addition, public school teachers can reap many personal and financial rewards from teaching.
Following the Soviet Union, the education system in Russia changed, stipulating that all citizens are entlted to basic general education. In light of this, general access to free pre-school, general and secondary schooling was provided, and today there are some 35.5 million students enrolled in Russian schools at all levels, including 20.5 million in general primary and secondary schools.
There are thousands of public schools located across Russia and therefore employment is relatively fluid. However the requirements for entering a public school are far more stringent than those for a public school, thus the competition for finding public school employment can be fierce.
As a public school teacher working in Russia, as of 2011, employees could earn a minimum of $1,200 per month, though individuals with more experience and positions of greater seniority are able to benefit from a much higher salary than this.
Career opportunities in Russia’s public school sector have hugely improved over the last two decades, enabling teachers to build their way up the teaching career ladder and prosper in their careers. The end of the soviet era has also given teacher far more flexibility in terms of how they teach and in the content of their teachings, thus enabling curriculums to be much more diverse and interesting. In addition, teachers are provided with ongoing teacher training and support, to ensure that their skills are continually updated and revised.
As part of the national health care policy, a small amount of taxes are withdrawn from salaries, whilst the majority of the amount is paid by the government. As part of these taxes, teachers can benefit from paid sick leave and paid medical entitlements, amongst other benefits.
One of the major advantages of being a teacher in Russia is that employees are entitled to free housing. Teachers in Russia are provided with a place to live as part of their teaching contract, enabling them make the most out of their salaries.
As a teacher in a Russian public school you will be entitled to a pension upon retirement. The retirement age for men is 60 and for women is 55, and pensioners are paid their pension on a monthly basis.
Public school teachers in Russia can benefit from paid sick leave, paid medical entitlements, paid holidays and in many cases, an end of term bonus. All of these factors will depend on the specific school that the teacher is working for and the number of years’ experience the individual has worked.