Amid the mountain of workload that teachers have to do and the long teaching hours despite the distance learning system, a teacher’s group reminds the government that teaching for over 6 hours is against the law.
Citing Section 13 of the Magna Carta for Public School Teachers, the group Teachers’ Dignity Coalition (TDC) pointed out that a lot of teachers are actually teaching and working for over 6 hours even if it is against the law.
“Maaaring naitatakda ‘yong limitation po ng working hours pero doon sa mga pagkakataon na lumalampas doon sa limitation, hindi po nabibigay ang compensation. Mapatutunayan po ng ating mga teacher ‘yan,” TDC Chairman Benjo Basas said in the Senate hearing.
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Teachers are appealing to the Department of Education (DepEd) to lessen their workload, especially because their work appears to have increased amid the distance learning system being implemented due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Basas also pointed out that the limitation on teaching hours is not the only provision of the Magna Carta for Public School Teachers that’s not being implemented. The group claims that government is also not providing teachers with hardship allowance, paid study leave, and ample salary increase.
Undersecretary Jesus Mateo agrees that teachers are being burdened with heavy workload; thus, the DepEd is trying to find ways to lighten the load.
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“Kasi in the initial findings that we did, parang lumalabas po, some of the functions performed by our teachers are non-academic po. If you will look at our budget po, slowly, we are trying to create non-teaching positions,” Mateo explained.
“We are also trying to manage the teacher-pupil ratio kasi may function po ‘yan sa load ng teachers natin.”
In line with these concerns, Senate Basic Education Committee Chairperson Sherwin Gatchalian told the DepEd to submit their checklist, time table, and budget to make sure that the law will be properly implemented in the future.