Teachers' Group Reiterates Appeal for Pay Hike for Those in the Teaching Position

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Teachers' Group Reiterates Appeal for Pay Hike for Those in the Teaching Position


By Merlina Hernando-Malipot

As it welcomes the pronouncement of hiring of over 75, 000 teachers for the Department of Education (DepEd) this coming school year, a teachers' group reiterated its appeal for salary increase for those who are in the teaching position.

The Teachers' Dignity Coalition - a strong group of over 30,000 teachers nationwide - once again demanded for pay hike for teachers in public schools. "We welcome the hiring of more than 75, 000 for the coming school year as this would help in easing the burden of the already overworked teachers currently in the field," TDC national chairperson Benjo Basas said in a statement.

However, Basas noted that the hiring of additional teachers should also equate to increasing their salaries. "We believe that this move should be coupled with much justified salary increase for all teachers, a campaign promise of Duterte administration," he explained.

Basas pointed out that many public school teachers are still hopeful that the President will fulfill his earlier pronouncement to increase their pay. "While the salaries of our counterparts from military and uniformed professions have already been doubled for just a single tranche, ours were pegged in a meager increase of 12 percent divided by four releases," he lamented.

Earlier this week, Department of Budget and Management (DBM) announced the creation of 75,242 teaching positions for school year 2018 to 2019. …

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