Given the structural deficit that the General Participation System (SGP) has been presenting since 2017, the Ministry of National Education (MEN) requested from the month of August 2022 at 96 Certified Territorial Entities (ETC) take exceptional measures to guarantee the payment of labor obligations for the month of December.
The lack of financing is due to the fact that the cost of the teaching staff’s payroll has grown more than the income of the SGP Education. By 2022, the resource pool grew 3.9% compared to 2021, while the payroll did so by 9.94%, which is why, at the current time, the deficit to cover the provision of educational services is $1.25 trillion.
In this sense, since the month of September, the transfer of the employer contributions to Fomag for the last two months of the year, which released $1.1 trillion to cover the current deficit, resources that will be transferred to the fund in January 2023. With this measure, and in accordance with the MEN’s payroll projections, teachers’ salaries and bonuses were guaranteed for the end of the term.
For those ETCs that stated that even with the deferral of employer contributions, they did not have sufficient resources to pay the December payroll, it was suggested that they take another exceptional measure, such as the deferral of affiliate contributions for the last two-month period. resources with which the ETCs were able to meet their salary obligations.
Since last December 14, 2022, it was reactivated the High Level Commission for the reform of the SGP, from whose work a draft constitutional reform is expected for the month of March 2023.
Using their autonomy, some ETCs decided to take advantage of the measures suggested by the National Government; others opted for solutions that they considered more convenient given their financial situation. The MEN urges the creation of adequate mechanisms, according to the dynamics of each Territorial Entity, to successfully complete the closing of the 2022 term.
For the National Government The well-being of teachers is at the center of the reforms that the sector requires. For this reason, together with the National Planning Department, work is being done so that the first distribution document that allocates the resources for the 2023 term is published on January 2, 2023, with the purpose of timely transferring the resources that cannot be paid. in 2022.