Teachers demand payment for their ‘extended work’
The Alliance of Concerned Teachers (ACT) Philippines reiterated the demand of teachers to pay them for up to three weeks of extended work for this school year.
ACT Philippines chairperson Vladimer Quetua explained that the “last day of the school year was June 24, 2022, and it should be the start of the 2-month school break because the new school year would start on August 22, 2022.”
Quetua said that DepEd “should recompense all teachers” for at least one week of extended work as all were required to report for work from June 27 to July 1.
“It seems that the DepEd calendar cheated the teachers of their workdays by deviating from the old system that the week allotted for recognition and graduation ceremonies were included in the number of school days,” Quetua said.
Quetua pointed out that the graduation week was not included in the prescribed number of school days, resulting in a one-week extension of teachers’ work.
“It is only right to give teachers additional compensation for their extended work days,” Quetua said.
“If the DepEd does not have funds then teachers should be given service credit of 1.25 days for every day of extended work,” Quetua said, noting they are entitled to service credits of 6.25 to 18.75 days from one up to three weeks of excess work.