Teachers’ group Teachers’ Dignity Coalition (TDC) is calling on the Department of Education (DepEd) to issue a “clear-cut policy” on the teachers’ working hours after reports surfaced that some teachers were allegedly forced to render more than six hours of teaching due to personnel shortage.
They said that forcing teachers to work beyond the mandated hours violates the policies of DepEd under the Magna Carta for Public School Teachers, resolutions of the Civil Service Commission (CSC), and other DepEd orders.
“Nasa fourth week pa lang tayo mula nung nagbukas ang klase pero sobrang pagod na ang nararamdaman ng mga guro. Hindi na magkandaugaga sa [napakaraming] paperwork, reports at online tasks maliban pa sa face-to-face classes,” TDC’s national chairperson, Benjo Basas, said in a statement.
(It is just the fourth week of classes and teachers have already been experiencing extreme fatigue due to paperworks, reports, and online tasks, not to mention face-to-face classes.)
Basas also said that the current situation of teachers being made to extend working hours and additional workloads is worse than the pre-pandemic situation.
The group cited CSC Resolution 080096 which states that teachers must only stay in school for six hours, with the other two hours intended for accomplishing other teaching tasks that teachers could bring to their homes, or wherever convenient for them.
However, DepEd failed to implement the said resolution despite issuances of DepEd orders under the leadership of former Education Secretary Jesli Lapus in 2008 and 2009.
“Malinaw naman ang polisiya ng DepEd alinsunod sa resolusyon ng CSC sa pagpapatupad ng Magna Carta, hindi dapat lalampas ng anim na oras ang turo ng bawat guro at ang dalawang oras na laan sa paghahanda sa klase at iba pang gawain ay maaaring iuwi o dalhin kahit saan,” Basas said.
(DepEd policies are clear in relation to the CSC resolution in implementing [Magna Carta for Public School Teacers] that teachers mustn’t teach for more than six hours, and the remaining two hours should be spent preparing for classes and other teaching duties that they could bring wherever they want.)
They are calling on Vice President and DepEd Secretary Sara Duterte-Carpio to issue a clarification on the working hours of teachers.
“Umaasa kami na ito ay mapag-uusapan ng DepEd management at ng mga guro. Sana, sa pagkakataong ito ay maipatupad na sa buong bansa bilang pagkilala rin naman sa kapakanan ng mga guro lalo ngayong nagdiriwang tayo ng National Teachers Month,” Basas said.
(We are hoping that DepEd management and teachers will be able to talk this through. We hope that this would be implemented nationwide in recognition of the teachers, who are also celebrating National Teachers Month.)
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