Teacher solon files bill increasing minimum monthly salary of private school teachers
Assistant Minority Leader and ACT Teachers Representative France Castro filed House Bill 5166 Increasing the Minimum Salaries of Private School Teachers to P30,000 per month. The solon said private school teachers, particularly those assigned in basic education and outside the National Capital Region suffer unequal treatment when it comes to their salaries and benefits.
”Those against increasing the salaries of public school teachers often argue that they already have salaries higher than teachers in private schools. They claim that there would be a migration of teachers from private school teachers to public schools when their salaries increase,” Castro said. “It is true that many private schools receive lower salaries than public school teachers. That is why we filed a bill increasing the minimum monthly salaries of private school teachers to P30,000.”
The 2010 Revised Manual for Regulation of Private Schools in Basic Education of the DepEd provides for the sharing of increments in tuition increases, that is, 70% of the tuition collection must be allocated to the salaries and/or wages of teaching and non-teaching personnel. “The right of private school teachers and their education support personnel must not be made dependent or conditioned on tuition increases,” Castro added.
“Private school teachers, like their counterpart in the public sector have long been calling for a substantial increase in their salaries. Teachers in the private sector are not spared from huge class sizes and additional tasks apart from their teaching responsibility. They are also overworked and underpaid,” Castro stated. “Many private school teachers receive salaries that does not commensurate to their status as teachers. There are even reports of private elementary and high school teachers being paid salaries ranging from P3,000 to P6,000. This despite being licensed professional teachers and possess the necessary and desirable qualifications for teaching.”
According to the Annual Survey of Philippine Business and Industry for the Education sector for all establishment in 2015, there were already 43,900 primary and elementary private school teachers, 94,300 general secondary private school teachers and 28,700 private pre-primary or pre-school teachers.
“Filipinos are left struggling to make ends meet as prices of basic commodities and necessities such as food, rent, electricity, water and gas remain high. Private school teachers are no exceptions. They are struggling to put food on their tables as the higher cost of living continues to hit them. Thus, we support their resounding call of teachers in both public and private sector for the immediate grant of substantial salary increases now,” Castro ended.
This update is from Act Teachers Party-List
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