September 26, 2011
ACT Teachers Party-List Representative Antonio L. Tinio is calling for the deletion of a provision in the national budget that allows public schools to augment their budgets through the collection of fees.
The lawmaker is referring to Special Provision Number 11 of the Department of Education budget in the General Appropriations Bill, “Augmentation of Appropriations of National Elementary and Secondary Schools.” This authorizes schools to augment their maintenance and operations budget through the collection of “fees, charges, and assessments…in the exercise of their functions.”
“This provision contradicts the Constitutional mandate that basic education shall be free,” said Tinio. “Commercialization of miscellaneous public school services can and does serve as a barrier to access, especially for the poorest students. This provision must be removed from the 2012 General Appropriations Act to mark government’s commitment to providing education for all.” Continue reading “Legislator calls for scrapping of law allowing collection of fees in public schools”
September 25, 2011
ACT Teachers Representative Antonio Tinio is calling for the regularization of nearly 20,000 volunteer kindergarten teachers employed by the Department of Education.
“Regularization of their employment status is the only way to address their exploitative working conditions, including the recurring problem of delayed payments,” said Tinio. He noted that there are currently 19,063 volunteer kindergarten teachers employed by DepEd on a contractual basis.
The party-list representative was reacting to reports that volunteer kindergarten teachers throughout the country have not yet received their pay since the start of the school year this June. Some have not yet been paid for their service during the summer. “We also received the same complaints from the DepEd’s kindergarten teachers last school year. This will be a recurring problem for as long as they are not regular employment and aren’t part of the DepEd’s regular payroll. They will experience a delay of from three to six months in payment of their honoraria. That’s the harsh reality for contractuals serving in the DepEd’s ‘Kindergarten Volunteer Program,’” he added. Continue reading “Legislator calls for regularization to ease unpaid kindergarten teachers’ woes”
September 23, 2011
ACT Teachers Representative Antonio Tinio called for a drastic increase in the budget of State Universities and Colleges (SUCs) to address the shortage of regular faculty in the country’s public higher education institutions.
“There is a gross shortage of qualified regular faculty in all 110 state universities and colleges,” said Tinio. “Congress must address this by allocating the necessary funds.”
Tinio made the call in support of today’s nationwide youth strike against the budget cuts to higher education proposed by the Aquino administration in its 2012 national budget.
“We’re one with the students, faculty, staff, and administrators of the country’s 110 State Universities and Colleges in their call for increased allocations to higher education,” said Tinio. Continue reading “ACT Teachers solon pushes for higher subsidy for SUCs as students hold nationwide strike”
September 22, 2011
ACT Teachers Representative Antonio L. Tinio submitted to the House Committee on Appropriations Monday the proposed amendments to House Bill 5023 or the General Appropriations Bill for Fiscal Year 2012.
The proposed amendments focused on the budgets of the Department of Education (DepEd), State Universities and Colleges (SUCs), Department of National Defense (DND), Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP), and General Provisions.
For the DepEd budget, Tinio proposed for the following amendments: additional P650 million for the augmentation of cash allowance (widely known as “chalk allowance”) to teachers, deletion of the special provision allowing National Elementary and Secondary Schools to augment their budgets through collection of fees, creation of 38,593 additional permanent teacher items to address the teacher shortage, deletion of provision for Public-Private Partnership (PPP) School Building Projects, regularization of 68,593 kindergarten and locally funded teachers, and construction of 6,250 additional classrooms. Continue reading “ACT Teachers solon presents amendments for 2012 national budget”