While the Department of Education (DepEd) supports the call of various teachers’ groups for a pay hike, Education Secretary Leonor Briones stressed the importance of “striking a balance” – especially with the widening gap between salaries of teachers in public and private institutions.
“Right now, the difference of the salaries of teachers in small private institutions vis-à-vis public institutions is already widening,” Briones said when asked about the possibility of a salary increase for public school teachers under the new administration.
Earlier, President Duterte announced there will be an increase in the salaries of police officers and soldiers.
He added that the salary hike for teachers will soon follow.
Briones, however, noted that increasing the salary of teachers would not be that simple given there are more than 763,000 DepEd personnel including teachers.
“The matter of salaries is an economic issue,” Briones said. “
You have to think of the impact also in terms of the economy,” the former national treasurer and public finance expert added.
Briones noted that the starting salary for teachers in a small private schools is around R13,000 to R 14,000 a month, while in public schools, the entry level salary for teachers is already around R18,000 to R19,000, excluding benefits.
The salary of public school teachers, Briones said, is already competitive compared to bigger private schools.
“That gap [in salaries] is already widening so if you increase the salaries of public school teachers, you also think of the impact also on the rest of the teaching population,” she explained.
The Teachers’ Dignity Coalition (TDC) and the Alliance of Concerned Teachers (ACT) have been calling for salary increase for teachers.
TDC is seeking a P10,000-across the board pay hike while ACT is pushing to increase the minimum monthly salaries of public school teachers in basic education to P25,000 and non-teaching personnel to P16,000.
source: Manila Bulletin Website / August 12, 2016
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