Teachers’ groups and organizations Teacher’s Dignity Coalition (TDC) and Alliance of Concerned Teachers Party-list (ACT Teachers Party-list) are seeking enlightenment from the Department of Education (DepEd) regarding its memorandum requiring teachers to hold face-to-face remedial and enrichment classes without compensation.
According to DepEd Order No. 25, amending Order No. 13, teachers are mandated to conduct “remedial classes” for students with not more than two failed classes, and “enrichment classes” for students who got a grade of 75 to 79.
ACT Teachers Party-list Secretary-General Raymond Basilio, in an interview with the Inquirer, said that requiring students to attend these classes will not solve the learning crisis and gaps in teaching in the Philippine education system.
“This is a band-aid solution that will only burden the teachers with no absolute and significant result,” Basilio said.
TDC, on the other hand, questioned the confusing DepEd memorandum order, saying that although the classes were made mandatory on the part of students, an additional requirement of consent from their parents must also be given, giving unclear signal that it is voluntary.
“It’s unclear. It was also not indicated who among the teachers are required to teach in the remedial classes … it is possible that all who gave failing or low grades will be compelled to teach,” TDC chair, Benjo Basas, told the Inquirer.
Basilio also said that the education department has yet to release the 77-day overtime pay of teachers last year, and now, it wants to steal the vacation of teachers and force them to work without pay. They are calling for teachers to be paid to teach remedial classes if ever.
According to the official academic calendar of DepEd, classes will end on June 27, 2022. Graduation rites are scheduled between June 27 until July 2, 2022, and all remedial and enrichment classes will. commence on July 24 to August 12, 2022.
Marvin Joseph Ang is a news and creative writer who follows developments in politics, democracy, and popular culture. He advocates for a free press and national democracy. The views expressed are his own.
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