The Department of Education (DepEd) attempts to find out why public school teachers are more likely to get into higher and numerous salary loans compared to other government employees.
“I want to find out that’s why I’m looking at their spending patterns and looking into their propensity to borrow compared to other households,” DepEd Secretary Leonor Briones said.
Based on Philippine Institute for Developmental Studies (PIDS) study, public school teachers tend to borrow money 50% higher compared to other government employees like the police and nurses.
Base on the research, we list the 7 most common reason why teachers are into more and higher salary loans:
- To support the education of their children
- Payment for housing loans
- Travel and leisure
- The higher cost of living (with very little salary increase)
- Postgraduate studies
- Support for extended families
- Other emergency situations
Sec. Leonor Briones also noted that many public school teachers still borrow even if they have several loans from various lending institutions. And tend to loan higher than other government and private employees considering the bonuses and other incentives to receive.
She also said that DepEd has to know the spending patterns of the teachers that might be a contributing factor to several and higher teacher salary loans.
What do you think? Aside from financial management training or having a secondary source of income what might help our fellow teacher not to over-borrow?
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