Gov’t urged to compensate private school teachers amid pandemic

Marje Pelayo

MANILA, Philippines — Bagong Henerasyon (BH) Partylist Rep. Bernadette Herrera-Dy is calling on the government to compensate teachers of the private sector who are also affected by the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic. 

Herrera-Dy cited around 300,000 private school teachers who also need government aid.

The lawmaker argued that private school teachers depend largely on students’ matriculation to earn a pay unlike public schools teachers who are subsidized by the government. 

Herrera-Dy also said that small private schools are not covered under the government’s small business wage subsidy program which provides P5,000 to P8,000 monthly wage subsidy to eligible employees in the private sector.

The Coordinating Council of Private Educational Associations earlier reported that a number of private schools are currently on the verge of permanent closure due to financial constraints.

Apart from teachers, Rep. Herrera-Dy also called for assistance to non-teaching personnel in the private sector. 

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