DepEd eyes hiring more non-teaching staff to help teachers with admin work

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A group of teachers under the Department of Education (DepEd) prepares sets of subject modules for students in Las Piñas City, Philippines.
LAS PINAS, NCR, PHILIPPINES - 2020/10/05: A Group of teachers prepares sets of subject modules for Oct.15 distribution to the students of Moonwalk Elementary School in Talon 5, Las Piñas City. The Department of Education (DepEd) is planning to hire more non-teaching personnel to help teachers with admin work. (Photo by Joel Mataro/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images)

The Department of Education (DepEd) on Wednesday (July 27) said that they’re planning on hiring more non-teaching personnel to help teachers with administrative tasks, so that they could focus more on teaching, which could result in better teaching quality, said spokesman Michael Poa.

Mayroong plano ang ating departament na i-ease off yung mga administrative tasks ng mga teachers kasi napapansin na bukod sa pagtuturo, mayroon din silang administrative tasks,” Poa said in a press briefing.

(We have a plan for teachers to ease off administrative tasks because we learned that aside from teaching, they still have to perform this.)

Sa ngayon, ang plano natin, we need to upscale yung ating mga teachers. So dahil doon, ang gagawin natin is mag-focus muna sila sa teaching, tatanggalin natin yung mga administrative tasks,” he added.

(For now, our plan is to upscale our teachers. Because of that, what we will do is to let them focus on teaching, we will rid them of the administrative tasks.)

Poa also mentioned that the education department is considering “non-basic wage” benefits for teachers.

Meanwhile, teachers group Alliance of Concerned Teachers welcomed this move by DepEd, saying that they're happy with this plan.

The President of ACT Davao City, Reynaldo Pardillo, in an interview with SunStar Davao said that aside from this, DepEd should also be looking into hiring additional teachers to reduce class size to a maximum of 35.

“ACT Union of Davao City is very happy to avail about the additional manpower or personnel for a non-DepEd job for our teacher but prior to that there is another need that the teachers are looking for,” Pardillo said.

“[E]mploy additional teachers to be able to implement the ideal class size of maximum 35 students, and ensure the health protection and benefits of teachers and non-teaching staff,” he added.

Marvin Joseph Ang is a news and creative writer who follows developments on politics, democracy, and popular culture. He advocates for a free press and national democracy. Follow him on Twitter at @marvs30ang for latest news and updates.

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