The Alberta  government says it is giving the province’s teachers their bargained wage hike starting in September because of “better than expected” fiscal results.

Education Minister Dave Hancock posted the news on his website yesterday and says it was also distributed to the education sector.

He says “government has determined that it is prudent to provide funding for the 2.92 per cent increase in this year, rather than over a longer-term period.”

Heather Wellwood, president of the Alberta School Boards Association, welcomed Hancock’s decision.

“We are pleased to see that education was put in the forefront and a decision was made with the lower deficit to fund school boards so they can meet their obligations,” she said in a telephone interview from Newfoundland and Labrador.

Hancock says the funding for an increase in teachers’ salaries will be effective Sept. 1. 

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