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DOLE-DepEd-CHED-TESDA Guidelines on the Labor and Management Component of Republic Act 10533 or the K to 12 Law

19 June 2014 No Comment

The Department of Labor and Employment, Department of Education, Commission on Higher Education, and Technical Education and Skills Development Authority issued on 30 May 2014 their joint guidelines on the implementation of the labor and management component of Republic Act 10533 or the K to 12 Law.  These guidelines will pave the way for the wide-scale contractualization of professors, instructors, and non-teaching personnel in private and public colleges and universities–both regular and contractual–their en masse retrenchment, and the diminution of the salaries and benefits for those who agree to teach in basic education.

The guidelines are mostly pro-management/pro-school owner.  Recently, several private colleges and universities have announced the automatic retrenchment of their personnel, even tenured professors, due to the downgrading of the subjects they are teaching to senior high school.

On June 18, 2014, ACT Teachers Rep. Antonio Tinio, with teaching and non-teaching personnel in several higher education institutions, engaged DOLE Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz in a dialogue where they laid down their demands for the revision of these guidelines, so that the rights of these educators to security of tenure and non-diminution of salaries and benefits will be respected in the aftermath of K to 12, among others.

ACT Teachers is set to bring said demands to the secretaries of the other three agencies.

For the full text of the joint guidelines, click here.

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