Teacher’s Group to Briones: Do your job
The Alliance of Concerned Teachers criticized Education Secretary Leonor Briones welcoming presumptive vice president Sara Duterte-Carpio as the next DepEd chief.
“Teka lang po, madame secretary, hindi pa tapos ang bilangan sa halalan at lalong hindi pa tapos ang inyong trabaho. Marami pa kayong utang sa mga guro, sa mga estudyante at sa buong sektor ng edukasyon. Gawin muna ninyo ang trabaho ninyo bago kayo mag-welcome ng kung sinuman,” Raymond Basilio, the group’s secretary general, said.
“Aside from this, the Briones leadership still has to reimburse teachers of their many distance learning expenses, as well as out-of-pocket expenses for the preparation of limited face-to-face classes. In the 27 months of blended learning, the DepEd has only provided for a total of 16 months of around P300 monthly internet subsidy. Expenses for module printing were still not reimbursed and majority of teachers are yet to receive DepEd-issued laptops. Teachers are still asking where the P900 billion budget for preparing school reopening is because they once again shouldered the costs of classroom repairs and maintenance. Dapat bayaran muna ng DepEd ang mga utang na ito sa guro bago matapos ang termino ni Secretary Briones,” Basilio said.
He said that the DepEd should conduct a national student assessment to have an evidence-based analysis of the education crisis in the country.
“The least she can do is to provide the next DepEd leadership of an objective assessment of the situation to guide future policies and programs,” Basilio said.