10,000 Teachers to Be Hired; DepEd Girds for School Opening Monday

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10,000 Teachers to Be Hired; DepEd Girds for School Opening Monday


Byline: EDMER F. PANESA

Admitting that the lack of qualified teachers contributes to the deteriorating quality of the countrys basic education, Education Secretary Florencio Butch Abad yesterday announced that the Department of Education (DepEd) will be hiring 10,000 more teachers this year to effectively teach the more than 17 million elementary and high school students who would troop to public schools tomorrow.

Abad said that while DepEd wants more teachers to teach the countrys public school population, which has a 1.68 percent increase from last years total, the department has adopted a more stringent policy that would ensure potential teachers taking on subjects within their respective fields of expertise and competency.

Only 25 percent of those who teach Math, English, and Science are actually majors in Math, English and Science. Its worse in (the field of) Physics (in the public high schools). Ninety-two percent of those who teach Physics didnt major in Physics, Abad said at the weekly Kapihan sa Sulo media forum in Quezon City.

Abad appealed to universities and colleges to coordinate with DepEd and the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) for possible revisions on curriculum that would help produce teachers that the countrys public school system needs.

Right now, most of the graduates of education just have general education degrees with majors in either elementary or secondary education. What we need are teachers who major in subjects that theyd be teaching, he said.

He said DepEd hopes to hire at least 15,000 to 20,000 teachers who specialized in the subjects.

According to Abad, the incompetence of teachers has contributed to the low comprehension of the students on the three subjects.

He added that DepEd is now coordinating with CHED and Teacher Education Institutions to address the matter.

We are tightening our coordination with the TEIs to produce the teachers we need since most of the 465,000 teachers dont have the mastery of the subject they teach, Abad added.

The secretary said he does not see the stringent screening policy they adopted would deter prospective applicants from entering the public schools as teachers because the country has hundreds of thousands of education graduates to choose from.

Besides last years academic standing, teachers licensure and personal interviews, applicants also do demo-teaching and take written exams in English and Filipino. The department promises that Math and Science majors will teach their areas of expertise.

Based on the data from the DepEd, the national average of high school students on the National Achievement Test was only 44.36 percent.

Education department ready to welcome back 17-M students

By LEONARDO Q. BELEN

Education Secretary Florencio Abad yesterday said that his department, in cooperation with other government agencies, is prepared to welcome back tomorrow, June 6, to school about 17 million public elementary and high school students!

In his guesting at the weekly Kapihan sa Sulo breakfast forum, Abad added that the student population has increased this school year by 1.68 percent.

Some 12,170,867 elementary and 5,482,125 students are expected to troop to schools tomorrow, June 6, the opening of classes.

Abad said that classroom shortage has been reduced from 57,930 to 8,684 by adopting a two-shift policy, with morning and afternoon schedules.

To decongest crowded public high schools, Abad said that P1.5 billion has been allocated for 375,000 students to be enrolled in private high schools through the GASTPE Education Service Contracting System.

Abad also said that the government has allocated P2 billion to build 6,000 classrooms. Additional 3,000 classrooms have also been built through local government units and other DepEd programs such as the Third Elementary Education Project, Secondary Education Development and Improvement Project, and the Basic Education Assistance for Mindanao. …

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