The Department of Education (DepEd) plans to hire 10,000 public school teachers and 5,000 non-teaching personnel using the P500+ billion funding for 2020.
This will be a portion of the department’s commitment to further improve the teacher-student relationship and learning, as well as to ease the workload of public school teachers nationwide.
Education Secretary Leonor Briones said the move will have a budget of P1.27 billion to ensure that there will be teachers who would facilitate the classrooms that the agency will build.
Briones mentioned at a press briefing of the discussion of DepEd’s National Expenditure Plan (NEP) in 2020 that the department does not only attain a better teacher-to-student relationships but also pursue its school building program to foster a more conducive learning environment in public schools.
“More than being part of our 10-point agenda, we want to stay true to our word that the department is relentless in finding ways to enhance personnel welfare, while at the same time improving the delivery of quality education.”
DepEd will be having a tremendous P550.9 billion, raised by more than P20 billion from the department’s P530.23 billion in the General Appropriations Act of 2019.
The 1.28 billion will be allocated for the creation of 5,000 new non-teaching positions — assigned to various field offices and schools.
DepEd assures teachers that they will benefit from the budget increase as the DepEd Computerization Program (DCP) will further strengthen.
DepEd Computerization Program
DCP will get P8.99 billion for the 4,300 e-classroom packages and 42,010 multimedia packages for schools — a 105.4% increase from this year’s DCP’s P4.38 billion budget. The materials will be able to help the public teachers in delivering their lessons in their classrooms.
“We recognize the need to provide our teaching and non-teaching personnel with work conditions that will enable them to deliver quality basic education for all. Steadily, we’re ensuring that they are unburdened of ancillary tasks and equipped with [the] necessary tools and materials to develop lifelong Filipino learners,” Briones shared.
In September last year, the DepEd proclaimed their pledge to improve the working conditions of teachers by reviewing its policies on teachers’ workload.
As a result, the DepEd conducted a study about the type and amount of supplementary tasks that teachers have been undertaking. Based on the findings, the DepEd’s initial solution was to ask the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) to hire additional non-working positions to aid the public teachers.
Meanwhile, the DepEd lowered the teacher-student ratios to 1:35 for elementary and 1:43 for secondary schools which enables teachers to better respond to the different learning needs of their students. As the number of enrollees increases every year, controlling this ratio will ensure quality teaching and learning in any class.