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ACT Teachers calls for monitoring and proper implementation of “chalk allowance”

15 June 2011 No Comment

Statement of Rep. Tinio:

 

Special Provision No. 7 of the Department of Education budget in the General Appropriations Act (GAA) for the Fiscal Year 2011 (Republic Act 10147) mandates that, “Cash allowance to teachers for the purchase of chalks, erasers, forms, and other classroom supplies and materials shall be paid only to classroom teachers at Seven Hundred Pesos (P700) per teacher per school year.” The same provision is provided under the last year’s GAA.

It has come to our attention that this so-called “chalk allowance” is not being fully paid or is not paid at all in some school divisions in the country.

A concerned teacher from the Division of Antipolo sent a complaint via ACT Teachers website that they are only paid P300 “since time immemorial”.  Teachers from the Division of Northern Samar have not been receiving their chalk allowance for years. In Division of Masbate, chalk allowances of teachers are being deducted in order to contribute to the locality’s Palaro.

The irksome scenario has opted the ACT Teachers to file the House Bill 4134, known as “Teaching Supplies Allowance Act of 2011”, which seeks to increase the annual allowance for classroom supplies from P700 to P2,000 (P9.85 per day) to mitigate the onerous financial burden of our public school teachers in the country and to promote and improve the economic status of teachers and assist them in providing quality education to their students.

We call on the Department of Education to thoroughly monitor the release of present and previous chalk allowances.

We also call on teachers to monitor payment of their chalk allowance and report any irregularities to ACT Teachers Party-List.

The ACT Teachers is committed to supporting teachers in ensuring that they receive what is their due.#

 

 

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