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Removing administrative tasks for teachers is not realistic

Removing administrative tasks for teachers is not realistic

In an effort to help teachers focus more on teaching, the Department of Education (DepEd) introduced a new rule called DepEd Order No. 002, Series of 2024. This rule, known as the “Immediate Removal of Administrative Tasks of Public School Teachers,” is meant to take away extra tasks that aren’t about teaching from teachers’ daily routines. The idea is to let teachers spend more time and energy on what they do best: teaching our youth.

When this news came out, many teachers felt a wave of relief and happiness. For years, they’ve been juggling teaching with a lot of paperwork and other duties that don’t involve standing in front of a class. But not everyone is convinced this change is possible. Some school principals and heads are worried. They’re asking a tough question: If teachers stop doing these extra tasks, who will take them on? This question points to a big challenge. The plan sounds good, but making it work might not be as simple as it seems.

The situation brings us to a crucial point: how and when can teachers truly be free from these extra duties? The goal of the policy is clear and noble, but the path to achieving it is filled with questions. Principals and school heads are right to wonder about the next steps. It’s important for DepEd to listen to these concerns and find solutions. Teachers need support, not just in words but in actions that make their jobs easier and more focused on teaching. Only then can the policy make a real difference in classrooms across the country. – Avril | Helpline PH