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Teachers’ pay for 3 weeks of extended work sought

July 17, 2022 Arlene Rivera 262 views

THE Alliance of Concerned Teachers (ACT) Philippines urged the Department of Education (DepEd) to compensate teachers for the three weeks of extended work for this school year.

The group, said the Deped, should recompense
all teachers from all over the country for at least one week of extended work as all were required to report for work from June 27 to July 1.

“Based on the DepEd calendar itself the last day of the school year was June 24, 2022, and it should be the start of the 2-month school break because the new school year would start on August 22, 2022,” said Vladimer Quetua, Chairperson of ACT Philippines.

” It seems that the DepEd calendar cheated the teachers of their workdays by deviating from the old system that the week alloted for recognition and graduation ceremonies were included in the number of school days,” he added

According to the progressive group , it was only this school year that graduation week was released in school days where June 24 was the last school days and June 27 to July 1 was the graduatiom week which resulted in a week extension to the work of all teachers nationwide.

“It is only right to give teachers additional compensation for their extended work days. Teachers should have been under paid leave during this time and should have been given an additional daily rate plus 25%, based on the Magna Carta for Public School Teachers and other orders”.

” If the DepEd does not have funds then teachers should be given service credit of 1.25 days for every day of extended work. They are entitled to service credits of 6.25 to 18.75 days from 1 up to 3 weeks of excess work. Consequently, the Deped order limiting the grant of service credits to teachers to just up to 15 days per year shoud be scrapped,” he said.

Even after graduation, teachers are still working at home or scholl due to many paperworks that DepEd is doing this holiday such as Learning Delivery Modules( LDM) and Individual Performance Commitment and Reviews Form ( IPCRF) for Result- based Performance Management System (PBMS).