Teachers’ Wish List to Sara Duterte
The Teachers’ Dignity Coalition is willing to coordinate with incoming Education Secretary Vice President-elect Sara Duterte-Carpio.
“We hope to share with her the concrete experiences and problems faced by our educators. Hence, we look forward to the opportunity of presenting our 13-Point Teachers’ Dignity Agenda,” national chairperson Benjo Basas said.
According to Basas, the agenda is focused on the welfare of teachers as well as the quality of learning for children.
The agenda includes
- better compensation package for teachers and educators both for public and private institutions,
- implementation of the 1966 vintage Magna Carta for Public School Teachers,
- compensation for those affected by Covid19,
- free post graduate education,
- provision of free laptop, computers and internet services,
- and the creation of a separate insurance system and hospital for teachers, among other benefits.
“We have discussed these advocacies in several occasions with our education leaders and legislators. Many of them actually proposed some of these measures in legislature, but we always ended up in failure. It is long overdue,” Basas added.
TDC proposes strategies for classroom learning such as
- reduction of class size,
- provision of learning materials
- providing facilities
- and enough funding for the safe return to normal school operations.
“We assume that the desire for resumption of face-to-face classes has been discussed in the transition and we expect both the outgoing and incoming DepEd managements agreed to provide mechanisms for safe return to schools,” Basas noted.
TDC also bats for a change in curriculum.
“We want an education system that inculcates patriotism in the hearts of Filipinos and promotes peace and respect for human rights. A curriculum that will produce Filipinos who are proud of their history, culture and traditional values,” said Basas, a history teacher and human rights advocate.
TDC hopes Duterte-Carpio will respond to its request for a meeting.
“We will send our formal request to her office as soon as she takes her oath,” Basas said.