Teacher solon calls for urgent passage of P1.5k monthly internet allowance for all public school teachers.
House Deputy Minority Leader and ACT Teachers Representative France Castro urged the swift passage of House Bill 560, providing for a P1,500 monthly internet allowance for all public school teachers. The teacher solon said as we demand our teachers to be 21st-century teachers, with or without a pandemic, it is high time that we give adequate support to our teachers and equip them with devices and internet connections.
“The two years of blended distance learning showed us the importance of having a stable internet connection for both our teachers and students for better learning conditions amid a pandemic. With the reopening of schools for face-to-face classes, teachers nationwide continue to struggle with various tasks requiring the use of information and communications technology with a bulk of online tasks and a substantial need for digital access,” Castro said.
“The current proposed budget under the NEP for 2023 still contained the measly P5000 annual cash allowance for teachers that consist of P3,500 teaching supplies allowance, P500 for the annual medical check-up of teachers, and a minute P1000 for internet or communications,” Castro added. “The allotted P1000 annual communications or internet allowance is far from what our teachers need. They would still have to provide from their already scanty salaries to subscribe to internet services and tend to the demands of their duties.”
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“With the worsening learning crisis, teachers are trying to recover the lost two years of failed blended distance learning. Providing our teachers with a monthly allowance for internet connection and communications would give them more resources and access to materials they can use to teach the youth. It is better that we give our teachers enough resources and support in bridging the two-year gap of the blended learning crisis than neglecting and abandoning their needs and the needs of our youth,” Castro stated.
“Sa panahon ngayon, ang pagkakaroon ng internet connection ay isang universal right. Para sa mga teachers, ito ay isang basic necessity na rin para mas maayos nilang magampanan ang kanilang trabaho para sa blended learning, communication sa kanilang mga estudyante, reports at research kaya naman dapat bigyan ng gobyerno ng sapat na suporta ang mga guro para masiguro natin na mayroong internet connection ang ating mga guro,” Castro said.
“Along with House Bill 4383 increasing the allowances of teachers for their teaching supplies to P10,000, we urge the urgent passage of House Bill 560 to give adequate support for our teachers in their delivery of quality and accessible education to our youth,” Castro said.
“Investing in the needs of our teachers by giving them just remuneration, ensuring that they will not have out-of-pocket expenses, and removing teaching overloads and non-teaching duties will be the key factors to perform better in their teaching tasks and provide the youth access to quality education,” Castro ended.##
P1.5k monthly internet allowance for all public school teachers – 13 September 2022
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