DepEd to Issue Guidelines for Reducing Teachers’ Administrative Tasks in the Philippines
The Department of Education (DepEd) in the Philippines is on the verge of issuing interim guidelines aimed at reducing the administrative tasks of teachers. This move comes as a response to the growing concerns raised by teachers about the excessive administrative workload that detracts from their primary role – teaching.
DepEd spokesperson, Michael Poa, announced that these guidelines would be released in a few weeks. He stated, “One of the teachers’ biggest concerns is the excessive administrative tasks. That’s why, in a few weeks’ time, we will be issuing interim guidelines to reduce them.” The plan is to delegate these tasks to non-teaching personnel, a move that has led to aggressive hiring within the department.
In September 2022, DepEd acknowledged the issue of excessive workloads and hours for teachers and announced that they were working on reducing the teachers’ administrative and special tasks. The department is looking to transfer these administrative tasks to non-teaching personnel and plans to hire around 20,000 more teachers this year.
This initiative by DepEd is a significant step towards improving the working conditions of teachers and allowing them to focus more on their primary role of teaching and less on administrative tasks. It also highlights the importance of non-teaching personnel in the education system, as they will be taking on the administrative tasks previously handled by teachers.