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Top 6 Reasons Why Teachers Quit Their Job in the Philippines

Why Teachers Quit Their Job

I have been in the teaching industry for almost 10 years already (5 years as a part-timer college instructor and 5 years in DepEd as a permanent teacher) and I have seen all the ups and downs of my colleagues in the field.  If you are a teacher, it is expected that you are one of the best and you have to give your expertise to the school that hired you in return. Most teachers, if not all are used to the norms in the teaching industry and every teacher alike, young and old are given the same and equal amount of compensation respectively. There are teachers who are happy and contented and there are also opposite ones.

Teachers here in the Philippines are quite respected by most of their students and it is a fulfillment and happiness if their students value them like their own parents.  As a teacher, it is expected that you are an epitome of values and it is your duty to mold your students and prepare them for a better future.

I can say that the life of a teacher is really different and challenging. If you are a permanent teacher in the government of the Philippines then you are most likely to receive all the benefits entitled to a regular teacher, good enough to feed your folks.  You may think teachers are that lucky to have a permanent source of income but sometimes I cannot stop myself from asking why are there teachers who quit/resigned/give-up their items that easily? Don’t they regret giving up their post when everybody wants to become and be a part of the DepEd family (fresh licensure passers are very eager to be ranked and be hired)? With these questions in my mind, I have come up with these 6 (six) main reasons why there are a lot of teachers who quit their post despite permanent status.


I have a friend who went overseas to teach and earn dollars. One of them is my best friend who migrated to Australia for good. She once told me that there is no turning back for her after she rolls all her cards just to land a job in that foreign country. Her reason –  she needs more money to feed her family and support her siblings and she can only do that if she earns something huge.  I think this is also the reason for other teachers who gave up their items here. It is a sad thing but it is a reality. Dollars and pounds are enticing, dragging you to try for once.


Other teachers especially the young ones (ages 21-25 though not all) are very idealistic but after being hired and given all the workload, they can’t seem to handle things the way they think of before the ranking. In DepEd, being a teacher is a battle but if you are a lousy teacher, you won’t get sympathy from others if you cannot do your thing well as expected from you. I get to know a young teacher who recently just got hired by DepEd but after a few months of staying in her school (which is located on the island☹), she quit. Just like that, she quit without even trying to cope up with the pressure. Workload plus more ancillary designations plus pressure equals stress, and the ending is resignation.


Some teachers quit because they need to rest from a serious illness (but this is rare for teachers). Health is wealth and no matter how high your status is, you really need to give it up when your health is at risk.


I have known teachers who quit/resigned from their permanent status just to go back to study but of course, study other courses such as medicine and law. An acquaintance of mine once resigned from his post to study medicine and instead of teaching, he wanted to help the people by being a doctor that will treat the sick. Many of our law officers nowadays are even teachers by a baccalaureate degree.


Others quit because they wanted to focus on being an entrepreneur and earn more than that what is offered as a teacher. Networking (I hate networking a lot) is one example of it. We cannot deny that being a business person means money, a thing that teachers won’t have because teachers are paid not that much, but only enough that our families will not starve.


Lastly, other teachers quit because sooner they realized that teaching students and kids is not their passion, so they quit by choice.

Isn’t it amazing that these are mainly the reasons why a lot of young teachers quit teaching? The fact that being a “permanent” does not guarantee that a person will really root for her/his job. A realization is that people will do everything to satisfy their urge to do the things they want to try and luckily, and teachers are no excuse for that. Besides, we are all human and we do our game differently. – Clea | Helpline PH

5 thoughts on “Top 6 Reasons Why Teachers Quit Their Job in the Philippines”

  1. This is alarming. We can’t afford to have education crisis in the future. The government should step up and implement new measures to make teachers’ salary and benefits attractive to young learners to be teachers-to-be, and lighten the teachers’ assignment/loads other than their teaching tasks.

  2. Sad to say, everything’s right. In addition to what’s stated is the workplace itself. I am pretty sure that I have the passion to teach yet there’re other variables that can make us leave. Personally speaking, the environment that surrounds a teacher matters the most. If it isn’t healthy anymore, then might as well find somewhere else where one can grow holistically and most likely find peace and happiness. Somehow it falls under #6 reason why teachers quit but yeah…a not healthy environment can surely make teachers quit.

    1. Yes, I agree with you, Miss G… need to improve the situation/environment or facilities,… the committed administrators and need to take refresher courses on supervision and good leadership…not only improve the teaching skills/profession.. but important to imbibe good moral values and SPIRITUAL virtues as of a Christian… with love.

  3. I think one of the reason also why there are teachers opted to quit their job is the administration.. i had experienced teaching in a university where the head of the administration – the CHANCELLOR was awful during my teaching year and I actually decided to quit my job because of that aside from greener pasture.. now its my 2nd year as a secondary public school teacher and yet, the root of the tree does not really dwell on his/her constituents.. LoL .. and that could be the reason of some to might quit their job. The staff/s may also affect the drive of the teaching force..

  4. The workload and stress is on a whole different level I must say but it’s manageable for younger teachers who just got in, I must say as me and my friends talk about always. We’ve just been hired by DepEd this year and all I can say is that, the environment is really important. The school and colleagues you work with is important. But it’s heartbreaking that I at the height of my passion to teach, I have been wanting to quit for a few weeks now. The work is fine but the toxicity that my colleagues especially my principal have been giving me is just too much. Complaining to my bestfriend in the same field is getting exhausting. My mental state has never been worse even when I was getting hopeless during the rankings.
    Imagine just getting up in the morning and regretting praying to get the job just because the workplace is so toxic. Though I haven’t filed for resignation, it would really be a leap and a weight off my chest and head if I did so.
    Just saying 🤷

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