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“PNoy’s K to 12 will worsen the current crisis in education” Contractual teachers on the rise because of K to 12

4 June 2012 2 Comments

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June 3, 2012
Reference: ACT Teachers Party-List Rep. Antonio L. Tinio (0920-922-0817)

 

 

ACT Teachers Representative Antonio Tinio today warned that the implementation of the Aquino administration’s K to 12 program would worsen the problems that have long been plaguing the country’s public school system.

 

“Due to the failure of the Aquino administration to provide adequate funding in the 2012 national budget, the existing shortages in the basic education system will be aggravated by the unmet requirements of K to 12, particularly its Kindergarten component,” said Tinio.

 

He noted that the influx of around 1.6 million 5 year-old enrollees in Kindergarten this school year will result in a shortage of around 20,000 teachers and 25,000 classrooms solely for the Kindergarten component of K to 12. This has contributed to a worsening of the unmet requirements in public schools. “After two years, the Aquino administration has been unable to close the gaps in basic education resources. For school year 2012, the total shortages for the whole public school system stands at 132,483 teachers, 97,685 classrooms, and 153,709 water and sanitation facilities,” said Tinio.

 

The legislator denounced the approach used by the Department of Education to cope with the shortage of Kindergarten teachers. “The Deped has turned to massive contractualization, hiring more than 20,000 Kindergarten teachers on one-year contracts of service. This is unprecedented, never before has the Deped hired contractual teachers in such numbers.” Tinio noted that these contractuals are “grossly exploited, since their compensation falls far below minimum wage.” “They are paid a mere P3,000 to P6,000 per month, compared to the P18,549 per month salary of regular teachers. Even the lowest paid government employee is entitled to P9,000 per month. In short, the Deped’s Kindergarten teachers are the lowest paid government employees in service.”

 

Tinio also criticized the Deped for its “grossly negligent” policy on classrooms for Kindergarten classes. He pointed to Department Order No. 21, s. 2012 (“Policies and Guidelines on the Implementation of the Universal Kindergarten Program”), which directs principals and school heads towards the “exploration of all possible options to provide classrooms for Kindergarten equipped with appropriate facilities such as the school library, home economics building, learning resource center, and other available spaces.”

 

“In practice, ‘other available spaces’ means that Kindergarten classes will be held under stairwells, in corridors, storage rooms, and under the proverbial mango tree,” said Tinio. “We’re appalled that this is the best that the Deped can do for our schoolchildren.”

 

“It’s up to Malacañang to explain why K to 12 is so grossly underfunded that it’s undermining whatever promise it has of improving the quality of basic education,” concluded Tinio.#

 

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_O4SUTRXLKE7KC6CP7DYKG4IQYE Nivram

    Masasabi ko lang.. H’WAG MAGPA-EXPLOIT. Kung susweldo ka lang ng P3,000 to P6,000 para maging guro.. Hindi praktikal.. Pumasok na lang kayo bilang “Yaya”, at least isang bata lang aalagan nyo maghapon. HIndi ka pa magtuturo at mag-aaccomplish ng reports. Mas mataas pa sweldo ng “Yaya” na inoras ang trabaho. Kung lalaki ka naman na guro, mag Security Guard na lang. Taga-sita ka lang at patayo-tayo, sumusweldo ka pa nang mas mataas pa sa P3000 to P6000.

    BE PRACTICAL TEACHER APPLICANTS..

  • Kyla8

    sana makita ng pangulo ang mga pangyayari na ang mga k – kinder sa k+12 ay hanggang ngayon ay hindi sumusweldo mula dec – march 2012.,paano kaya magkakaroon ng quality education kung sa umpisa pa lng ng pag aaral ng mga bata n sa ating mga kinder teachers ay di matugunan ng gobyerno ang kanilang kakarampot n kita.,super delay n sweldo.