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TO TEACH IS TO TRANSFORM (Statement of Congress of Teachers and Educators for Nationalism and Democracy- Alliance of Concerned Teachers (CONTEND-ACT) on World Teachers Day)

6 October 2011 One Comment
October 5, 2011

 

The Congress of Teachers/Educators for Nationalism and Democracy joins the rest of the world in celebrating World Teachers Day as we up the ante of our struggle for rights and welfare as well as our noble efforts at defending the right to education.

The very recent and crucial resurgence of the teachers’ movement represents a major contribution not only to the education sector. It has also influenced and learned from the democratic and patriotic forces in Philippine society whose organized efforts at effecting genuine change in the country make our wager for education part and parcel of the people’s bid for national sovereignty and genuine democracy.

We have persistently challenged the anti-people and pro-imperialist policies inflicted by the past Macapagal-Arroyo and the current Aquino regimes with our demands for good governance and greater state subsidy for social services. We have forged a strong unity among teachers nationwide to join in the struggle of the basic sectors in society in order to strengthen our most urgent call for greater education budget.

Now, more than ever, our sector is empowered by the strength of the organized youth, farmers and workers encompassing all regions of the country. We underscore this unity because imperialist globalization continues to mask itself as a process of democratization that offers boundless possibilities for the so-called renewal of education in order to meet “global demands.”

We strongly reject prescriptions that are poised to market our students as either globally competitive professionals or manual labourers both in the service of the “global village” that knows only one rule: the accumulation of profit at the expense of turning people into commodities to be bought or sold at the cheapest price that management dictates.

Our struggle for a nationalist education is an alternative to the current form of education that only serves foreign interests at the expense of economic, social and cultural development. Our bid for a scientific education is aimed precisely at challenging all mystifications created by and for the ruling class whose narrow interests are raised to the level of the state’s national agenda through their positions in the different branches of government and the filtering of mainstream media. Our fight for a mass oriented education is an alternative to an educational system that is exclusionary because commercialized. A national, scientific and mass education is our response to a pedagogy that is predominantly fascist on account of an institution that is shaped by imperialist interests that necessitate the repression of knowledge and practice that serve the interests of the basic sectors who comprise the majority.

We, in CONTEND, recognize that our struggle for the future of education must also immediately bear fruit for our hardworking teachers. Our struggle for free education is not only a guiding principle but one that comes with a blueprint of concrete action that can only strengthen and empower our sector and its alliance with the broader movement for social transformation. Today, on World Teachers Day 2011, we, together with the Alliance of Concerned Teachers, therefore commit ourselves to push for the following demands for greater education budget:

 

 

1. Regularization of all Volunteer /Contractual Teachers!

 

2. 104,000 New Permanent Teacher Items!

 

3. Salary Grade 15 for Teacher 1! Salary Grade 16 for Instructor 1      in the State Colleges and Universities! P6,000 Increase in Base      Pay of non-teaching personnel!

4. Increase Chalk Allowance to P2,000!

5. Increase Base Productivity Pay to P5,000!

6. Increase Clothing Allowance to P6,000

7. P91.5 Billion for Classroom Shortage & Other School Facilities!

8. Adequate Budget for Universal Kindergarten program!

9. Greater State Subsidy for PNU (Philippine Normal University)      and All SUCs (State Universities & Colleges)!

10. 100% Increase in MOOE in All Levels of Education!

 

It is only by addressing the concrete needs of our sector that we as teachers can make education ever more relevant and fruitful for our students and for the perpetual learners that we are. On World Teachers Day, we renew our commitment to contribute and to learn from the global imperialist struggle as well as from the particular struggles that we wage in every school where we educate in order to transform and be transformed.

A Happy and Militant World Teachers’ Day!