Education is key to success, we all know that. Although there are a lot of arguments about it, you learn in school and that is why it’s a need. Here in the Philippines, there are a lot of people who go to school every single day. Public schools are kind of a hassle because there are more than 40 students in a class. Moreover, those students are actually just being handled by one (1) teacher. Just recently, the Department of Education (DepED) said that more teachers will be needed this year. In addition to that, the salaries are opt to be at a hike.
The Department of Budget and Management (DBM) Secretary Benjamin E. Diokno said that he is “not opposed to the increasing the salaries of our teachers.” Having this said, we can hold the projection that salaries of teaching personnel can increase along with the increase of teacher volume.
This is movement is as per the request of the Department of Education (DepED) to address the insufficient number of teaching personnel in public schools nationwide. Although this act is only for public schools, private schools are still on the verge.
As per DepED, an increase of 75, 242 teachers would happen this year. This is for the betterment of each class in public schools and of course to increase the number of enrollees this school year. Education Secretary Leonor Briones says,
“We would want to erase the usual notion that in a class, there are 50, 60 or 70 kids under a single teacher.”
To break down the number, DepED says that 40,642 teachers are needed for kindergarten and elementary, 34,244 for junior high school, and 356 for senior high school. In expectation, the salaries of teachers are to reach Php23, 000.00. Cristina Manalo, President of Philippine Public School says, “Our clamor is to raise the entry-level to Php30, 000.”
With the statement the Department of Education has the worry that teachers might leave private schools and transfer to public schools when this happens. Although it’s not a worry because the private and public school boards are tied up, it’s still in the parking lot. Nevertheless, we can be sure that more teachers would be hired before the end of this year.
Would this hiring process be effective in terms of transforming our country to the educational path? Would the salary increase be proof that our economy is booming? As of the moment, the DepED is on the hiring process of applicants for teachers across the nation.