President BBM orders to study the proposed additional benefits for teachers – The Department of Education (DepEd) is eyeing “nonbasic wage benefits” for teachers in addition to their take-home pay instead of a salary hike. President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. has ordered the education department to carefully study its proposal.
DepEd spokesman Michael Poa said the department proposed to the President to provide teachers nonbasic wage benefits, such as allowances. Ko
“This has already been presented to the President, and he has instructed for that to be looked into, na ‘yung mga nonbasic wage benefits, tingnan natin kung ano ‘yung mga pwede nating madagdag para sa omento ng mga take-home pay ng mga teachers,” he said in a press briefing.
Poa reasoned that the government could not just implement salary hikes since many factors have to be considered and balanced first.
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“We have to balance those things eh, kasi if we increase the basic wage of teachers, if we make it too high, it will really affect the private sector kasi either lilipat ‘yung mga teachers in the private sector to the government or baka hindi kayanin ng private sector tapatan, baka magsara ‘yung private sector,” he said in a press briefing.
“That’s why what we will be doing is we will be looking into nonbasic wage benefits that we can give them para naman madagdagan ‘yung take-home nila,” Poa added.
For now, the DepEd official said the agency is looking at giving several allowances to the teachers, but he refused to give more details, saying he does not want to preempt the studies into the matter.
“For the immediate, that is the thrust para matugunan din natin yung mga teachers,” he said.
Poa said the DepEd may also hire additional non-teaching staff to relieve teachers of administrative tasks, which can improve the quality of teaching.
“Ang plano natin, we need to upskill ‘yong ating teachers. So dahil doon, ang gagawin natin is mag-focus muna sila sa teaching, tatanggalin natin ‘yong admin tasks,” he said.
The plan to relieve teachers of administrative tasks is part of the DepEd’s ongoing curriculum review, aimed to improving the delivery of basic education.
President BBM orders to study the proposed additional benefits for teachers – Updated: July 28, 2022
Sources: INQUIRER.NET | ABS-CBN NEWS
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