DepEd and CHED ask Senate to help teachers in the private schools, universities, and colleges who could be displaced due to the outbreak of the COVID-19 and the quarantine restrictions imposed during the national health emergency.
Thursday, May 21 – Department of Education (DepEd) and Commission on Higher Education (CHED) top officials, said that they fear for the teachers in private schools that might not be able to ride out the impact of the pandemic.
“We are also concerned about the private school teachers, but these are the small private school teachers. Kasi two months sila na walang [trabaho], kasi ‘no work, no pay’, so these months wala silang earnings.” DepEd Secretary Leonor Briones said.
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According to the estimation of DepEd, about 263,000 private school teachers are affected, excluding those who were part of the agency’s program for low-salaried private school teachers, and those from big private schools that have paid their teachers a year-worth of salaries to prevent their exodus.
Secretary Briones said that over 50,000 of these teachers could lose their jobs.
“We really need help for them dahil sila itong mawawalan ng sweldo,” she said.
CHED chairperson Prospero de Vera likewise said that the delay in the opening of classes could also render jobless “a huge number” of instructors in private universities and colleges, particularly part-timers.
“Because the semester will be moved from June to August, there will be no tuition fee collection. ‘Yong maliliit na private school na maiksi ang pisi, ‘yon ang tatamaan” Chairperson De Vera said.
He also said that more than 50,000 part-time lecturers in public and private universities and colleges have also not been receiving wages during the quarantine period.
In addition, they did not qualify in any of the government’s social amelioration programs amid the COVID-19 situation.
“‘Yong mga SUCs na mas maraming pera at private universities, binibigyan pa sila na dagdag na sweldo pero ‘yong mas maliliit, hindi na sila paseswelduhin in the next coming months” he said.
The same case also applies to teachers in private schools. “We are hoping that their plight will be given attention.” Secretary Briones said.
Both education agencies, the DepEd and the CHED have submitted to economic managers and legislators their respective financial impact of the COVID-19 to schools and universities.
The executive department earlier floated a P130-billion economic stimulus plan to help the Philippines recover from the pandemic.
DepEd and CHED ask Senate to help teachers in the private sector – Updated: May 22, 2020
Source: Manila Bulletin
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