There is no single teachers’ group that represents all public school teachers, the Department of Education (DepEd) has clarified.
The DepEd said it made the clarification after some groups allegedly claimed to represent the sentiments of all public school teachers on certain issues.
“The Department of Education would like to remind its partners, education stakeholders, and members of the general public that there is no single teacher organization that officially and legally represents our public school teachers,” it said in a statement last week.
Such groups also supposedly claim that they “represent the views and opinions of public school teachers as a whole,” the DepEd added.
But while there is no single group that legally represents all public school teachers, DepEd said as workers, they are free to form, join or assist organizations for “the furtherance and protection of their interests.”
It also noted that DepEd has garnered support for its preparation for the opening of classes next month.
“While there is no single teacher organization that legally represents our public school teachers, we are proud to have garnered support from various parent and teacher organizations, our national and local government units, private institutions, and NGOs,” it said.
The DepEd made the claim even though there are teachers’ groups that have called out the agency’s lack of preparedness for the shift to ‘blended’ learning.
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