Teachers Oppose Work During School Break

Teachers Oppose Work During School Break

The Teachers’ Dignity Coalition (TDC) calls on the leadership of the Department of Education (DepEd) to clarify some of the content of its new ordinance that will extend the work of teachers beyond the school year which will end on June 24, 2022.

“This policy should be clarified because we expect teachers to enjoy a two-month vacation between the closing and opening of school years, we have the right under the law,” said Benjo Basas, national chairperson of TDC.

According to Basas, DepEd Order No. 25, p. 2022 signed by Undersecretary Nepomuceno Malaluan last week seems to ignore the supposed entitlement of two-month vacation of teachers. The Order will require some of the teachers to conduct ‘summer’ or end of the school year classes for children with failing grades in two subjects. Meanwhile, children with low marks of 75 to 79 in any subject must attend enrichment classes. These two interventions will be held from July 24 to August 12.

“Due to various requirements that include online activities, physical reporting, virtual and physical classes, clerical tasks and other concerns even in this time of pandemic, our teachers are now exhausted and badly need a breather to prepare for another school year. Itong bakasyon na lang ang inaasahan sana ng mga guro pero mukhang pati ito ay kukunin pa sa amin,” Basas explained.

He said the TDC wants to have a dialogue with Usec. Malaluan or Secretary Liling Briones to discuss the details of the said which will be implemented by the next DepEd leadership under VP-elect Sara Duterte.

“We won’t refuse work especially if it is for children. But DepEd should also consider the welfare of teachers. And if there would be an exigency of service, the ready justification for extended work, then the provision of the law for overtime pay should also be observed. That is clear under our Magna Carta,” Basas concluded.

TDC hopes for the last time that the current DepEd management will grant their request for dialogue.


June 13, 2022

Source: TDC

3 thoughts on “Teachers Oppose Work During School Break”

  1. Tama….we only rely on that said vacation to take some rest….we are entitled of two months break and yet dami dami pang gagawin, can we not have also time for our family?

  2. Khristyn Esponilla

    Thank you Sir Basas.

    To DepEd, Yes, our learners ang priority nating pero hindi niyo inisip ang kalagayan ng mga guro na sa buong school year kami lahat ang gumawa printing of modules, checking of papers, pamimintura, pamamanday para lng maging maayos ang paaralan. Tapos ngayon bakasyon namin kukunin niyo pa? Nakuha niyo bang itanong sa mga gusto kung kamusta na kami? kung maayos kami?

    We are physically and mentally exhausted. Hindi niyo yan naramdaman kasi ang palagi niyong inisip ang ating mag-aaral. Pero ang mangyayari kung ang mga guro magkasakit? Ano pa ang tulong ang maextend ninyo?

    We are HUMAN, we not ROBOT.

    Konting PAHINGA naman po sana.

  3. fermin b. carriedo jr.

    Sana naman bigyan ninyo kami ng pahinga DepED, huwag naman na puro na lang kayo paano na lang ang aming pamilya WE NEED SOME REST NOT WORK.

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