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Teachers push to move opening of classes to mid-September, early October

Teachers push to move opening of classes to mid-September, early October

Teachers’ group urged Vice President and Department of Education Secretary Sara Duterte to move the opening of classes to the middle of September or the first week of October to give teachers more time to rest.

“From the very start, we teachers are entitled to two months of vacation to give us time to rest physically, emotionally and mentally. Unlike other workers, teachers don’t have sick or vacation leaves,” said TDC national chair Benjo Basas, a teacher in Caloocan City.

DepEd has not yet issued an order on the official school calendar for school year 2022-2023, but the previous DepEd leadership proposed that classes resume on Aug. 22.

Basas noted that school year 2021-2022 should have ended on June 24, under DepEd Order No. 29, series of 21, but teachers still had to organize end-of-school-year rites until July 2.

They also have to conduct remedial and enrichment classes for students who received failing grades for three weeks from July 4 to Aug. 12.

“Until now, the work of teachers in schools is not yet finished,” Basas said.

“We need to read forms and prepare documents for performance rating. And in the coming weeks until August, teachers should attend in-service training, Brigada Eskwela, and other back-to-school and enrollment activities.”

President Marcos earlier announced that face-to-face classes should start by September, and expected all schools to be holding face-to-face classes by November.

“We are hopeful that the President will consider extending the school break to give teachers more time to rest and to allow us to have more time to prepare for the start of the school year, especially that we are now returning to full face-to-face classes,” Basas said.