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Salary increase for public teachers can cause closure of more private schools – VP Sara

Salary increase for public teachers can cause closure of more private schools – VP Sara

According Vice President and Education Secretary Sara Duterte, increasing the public school teachers salary will later force more private school shutdowns.

During the House appropriations committee deliberations on the proposed P710-billion Department of Education (DepEd) budget, ACT Teachers Rep. France Castro asked Duterte about their plan to address the low salary public school teachers.

Duterte mentioned her meeting with Labor Secretary Bienvenido Laguesma, who believes the “market standard for salaries should be the private sector.”

“Clearly, we see that there is a wide disparity between the salary of teachers in private schools,” she said.

“In this case, if the government continues to increase the salaries of teachers in the government sector, this will put undue pressure on the private educational institution. Thus, creating a mass migration of teachers from the private schools to the public schools, which we actually see now,” she added.

Sara said that this will “force more closures of private schools”.

Castro responded that she had already heard such answers from the previous administrations.

Castro added their pay should be based on the current cost of living and many other relevant factors.

Duterte then said the DepEd will take note of Castro’s comments, and will “endorse that to the Department of Budget and Management, who decides on the salaries of government employees.”

Castro, in a separate statement, expressed her disappointment over Sara’s response.

“The fact is, a substantial salary increase for teachers in the private sector is long overdue. Salaries of public school teachers should set the standard for salaries in the private school, not the other way around,” the lawmaker said.

Castro also slammed the lack of plans to back the “high target outcomes” earlier presented by the DepEd.

“Paano natin makakamit ang targets kung walang konkretong plano? Paano natin mabubusisi ang mga programa at polisiya ng DepEd kung tunay na makakatulong nga ba na makamit ang mga target o baka naman puro pahirap lamang ulit sa mga guro na papasan ng kakulangan ng ahensya ang maaasahan kung walang maipresentang plano,” she added.

14 thoughts on “Salary increase for public teachers can cause closure of more private schools – VP Sara”

  1. It’s hightime for private schools to increase the salaries of their teachers. Some private teachers are being abused because they are just receiving very low salary. If they can’t give the just and right salary of a teacher, it’s just okay if they will close. No big deal actually. Bakit kc ntin proproblemahin ang Di dapat nating problemahin in the first place.

    1. Reymille B. Zamora, EdD

      I guess it’s high time to pay attention to the public school system. The prime movers of the educational system are the teacher, They should be compensated for the effort and sacrifices they rendered. I agree with REJANE, The government should start increasing the salaries of public school teachers. Their salary will be the basis of increasing the private side. But we also consider the capacity of the government to give such.

    2. Michelle Hervi H. Magbanua

      Marami pong board passers LPT na walang TRABAHO hindi po mangyayari yan sinasabi ninyong closure. Taon taon maraming nagtatapos sa kursong eduk at taon taon maraming pumapasa sa licensure examination for teachers. Marami pong matutulongan kung tataas ang sahod ng mga teachers at malaki po ang matutulong nito sa aming mga guro. Pakinggan ninyo po ang dating naming mga guro. Itaas naman ninyo ang aming sahod.

  2. Cong. Castro if you insist on increasing salaries of public school teachers, you might as well included in your mind the increase of gov’t subsidy to private school teachers, the ESC Grantee, and the voucher to SHS. We DEMAND because we are also taxpayers.😡😤🤬

  3. There are lots of work for public teacher why should do another non teaching to do some of their works? Like managing a school cleanliness and infrastructure.

  4. Ma.Sheila Guevarra Acacio

    Yes it is true if salary increased is delayed how can we hit such target. The private school should regulate the salary of their teachers too. The tuition fees on private school is very high. While in public school teacher is given top priority of salary increase with the huge responsibility of teachers ,multi tasking make them very exhausted. Remember teacher is one asset of the government. If they were given standard salarie i believed teachers are most exploited employees they deserved the increase . If no one will stand for their cries who will do and fight for them? Looked at the load of teacher only in the Philippines among many countries low paid. We are fighting for quality of Education how can the teachers give their best if families were sturving. Go out evwry 3 month go to PLI for loans. They have family children to feed. Children going to school with alot of expenses. To make our quest for quality Eduaction give what is best for teachers im sure they pay back in full.

  5. Vp Sara nkkaluha nman Ang sinabi mo, tingnan Muna Po sana Ang kalagayan Ng mga public school teacher. Lalong Lalo na Po sa mga urban areas na halos 50 students Ang handle kada Isang 1 na halos mawalan Ng ulirat sa katuturo. Yong tipong Ang nilalakad Ng teacher ay ilang kilometro makarating lang sa school na tuturuan tapos Isina saalang alang mo Po Ang private teacher dun nila pinili magturo so let it be there choice mo nila yon.. Kami Po pinaghirapan Namin na mkapasok sa deped kaya deserve Po Namin Ang magandang compensation.

  6. HAHAHHAHA, WRONG AND UNTIMELY COMMENT , MOSTLY NA NAGTUTURO SA PRIVATE SCHOOL, KUMUKUHA NG EXPERIENCE, AT ANG EXPERIENCE NA YAN MAY CORRESPONDING POINTS PAG MAKIKI RANKING CLA. KARAMIHAN DIN NA NAGTUTURO SA PRIVATE, HINDI LET PASSER WHICH IS OBVIOUSLY REQUIREMENT FOR PUBLIC SCHOOL TEACHING. KAYA NGA MAY BOARD EXAM ANG TEACHER PARA MAKAPGTURO SA PUBLIC. REQUIRED BA S PRIVATE SCHOOL ANG PAGIGING LET PASSER? JUICE KO, WAG GAWING EXCUSE ANG CLOSURE NG PRIVATE SCHOOL KUNG MAGKAKAROON NG SALARY INCREASE, CGURO NAGIGING PRACTICAL NA MGA TAO DAHIL SA HIGH COST OF LIVING, HAYYYYS

  7. Its high time to increase the salary of public school teachers due to high cost of living and other factors. With the existing salary they cant even buy their basic needs, etc.

  8. Kahit increase ng increase ang sweldo ng teacher, pero utang ng utang naman…tawag nila taga LOANDON…Di rin uunlad ang buhay nila…may alam akong guro MT-II, ang laki ng sweldo pero halos walang natitira, dalawa lang ang anak pareho pang nasa public nag aaral, pero hirap pa rin, pero makita kung mag post, minsan nasa BORACAY, minsan nasa KOREA.. depende yan sa prioritization ng guro..meron malaki ang bahay, may sasakyan, kung simple lang kanilang pamunuhay, tulad ng mga sina unang guro, sa laki ng sweldo nila ngayon kumpara sa private employment, mapagkakasya nila o sobra pa…

  9. This is the problem nung akala natin na ang pagmamanage ng DepEd ay parang isang regular na opisina lang. I read an article like this before and mag nagcomment na, may proseso ang pagaapply sa DepEd at may mga available slots na pinupuno para sa mga iha-hire. Kung walang bakanteng position, kahit anong gawin ng isang private individual hindi pa din siya makakapasok. Maghihintay talaga ng chance. So anong point nung nasabi na magkakaroon ng mass migration from private schools to public schools.

    Noong election ang sarap ng mga salitang binitawan para sa mga teachers. Salary increase ang pangako sa kaliwa’t kanang pangangampanya. Now na nakapwesto na, biglang bawi sa mismong nasabi na ng mismong taong nangako. Sana naman maging totoo ang bawat isa sa mga salitang pinangako kasi tao po ang mga guro na nakakaramdam din ng disappointment sa bawat pangako na napapako.

  10. Kaya marami mahirap nababaon sa loan kasi hindi balanse. Pataas ng pataas ang presyo ng mga bilihin, pero ang sahod hindi naman sumasabay sa pagtaas. Sanay mabigyan ng pansin ang salary increase para sa public school teachers nang kahit papano ay makatuwang s pag ahon sa kahirapan at matugunan ang lumalaki ring pangangailangan ng pamilya.

  11. maraming salamat sa pang unawa sa mga Private schools Madam VP Sarah. Hiling lang po namin, matulungan din ng ating Gobyerno ang mga Private schools na maliliit dahil sa tindi ng kompetisyon sa ngayon.Lalong lalo na po sa mga PEAC FAPE recognized schools na malaki ang hirap sa lahat ng bagay kasama na ang kaperahan para lang po maging isang Recognized PEAC school. Inaasahan po namin na makakatulong kayo sa amin na mga Private schools.
    Maraming salamat po
    Nawa patuloy pa kayong pagpalain ng ating Diyos na Buhay.
    Mabuhay po kayo…Mabuhay si Pres BBM, Mabuhay si Pres Digong at Mabuhay ang Pilipinas.

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