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Deped to raise chalk allowance by Php 300 “Not enough,” say teachers

16 September 2011 4 Comments

PRESS RELEASE
September 16, 2011


The Department of Education is proposing an additional Php 300 increase in the “chalk allowance” of teachers in its 2012 budget.
Secretary Armin Luistro told the Committee on Appropriations at a pre-plenary hearing last Thursday that the Deped has formally submitted a proposal to realign Php 150 million of its 2012 budget to fund the increase.
ACT Teachers Representative Antonio Tinio welcomed the Deped proposal but said that the increase is “not enough.”
Tinio first made the call to raise the chalk allowance of teachers at the August 25 budget hearing of the Deped. He also authored House Bill 4134, “An Act Providing for a Teaching Supplies Allowance for Public School Teachers and Appropriating Funds Therefor.”
The chalk allowance, referred to as “Cash Allowance for Teachers” in the General Appropriations Act, is an annual allowance of Php 700 given to public school teachers for the purchase of chalk and other teaching supplies. The teachers claim that the amount is insufficient, forcing them to subsidize teaching supplies from their own salaries. The Deped proposal will raise it to Php 1,000 per teacher per year.
“We welcome Deped’s proposal but the increase is not enough. We will continue to work with them and the Committee on Appropriations to further augment the chalk allowance,” vowed Tinio. “The national government must put an end to our public school teachers’ long-standing burden of providing teaching supplies out of their own pockets.” #

  • Liliannono75

    i am a teacher from butuan city, i just want to know if is it appropriate to bring home pertinent papers during ranking period. one of the members of the ranking committee did this. Is there a sanction for this act?

  • The chalk allowance must be higher than that.The government should pay attention to this.Teachers should be rewarded and to have that full satisfaction.If the teachers are satisfied, they feel motivated and encouraged to perform their duties to the best of their ability and develop positive attitude towards teaching profession.

  • The allowance should be higher than that.The government must pay attention on this things.Teachers should be highly rewarded to have that full satisfaction.If the teachers are satisfied, they feel motivated and encouraged to perform their duties to the best of their ability and develop positive attitude towards teaching profession.

  • jsunne_24

    The only people who really understand the work of a teacher are teachers themselves. If all of us want to have a better and quality education in our country, then it is a call without great Herculean effort to INCREASE the allowances especially the Instructional Materials of the teachers. Teachers nowadays, even before, spend from their own pocket to buy materials as aid in their teaching. I also felt pity for teachers who are bringing 2 to 3 bags every day in going to school. Teachers who are assigned to hazardous areas should be given 100% hardship allowance.