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DepEd’s report ignored teachers salary increase calls

DepEd’s report ignored teachers salary increase calls

Public school teachers said it was a “great disappointment” that nothing was said about their call for salary upgrades when Vice President and Education Secretary Sara Duterte delivered her report on the state of education in the country.

“If there is something that the teachers are most looking forward to in the report, it is really the issue of salary because the pay of the teachers has been neglected for a long time,” Ruby Bernardo, president of the Alliance of Concerned Teachers, said in a press briefing.

The most significant contributing factor to their low take-home pay, ACT said, was the “inadequacy” of teachers’ salaries.

“Amid calls for salary upgrading for teachers as the last tranche of the Salary Standardization Law V ends this year, the current Department of Education (DepEd) administration chose to evade and did not make any mention of the matter, to the great disappointment of teachers,” it added.

In her Basic Education Report 2023 on Monday, Duterte recognized that the education system has “failed” and “burdened” teachers