Aquino urged to double teachers’ pay

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Thursday, June 14, 2012


MANILA -- A party-list lawmaker representing teachers wants President Benigno Aquino III to immediately increase the monthly honorarium of volunteer kindergarten teachers from P3,000 to P6,000.

ACT Teachers Representative Antonio Tinio filed House Resolution 2502, saying the proposed increase in honorarium is a result of consultations with volunteer teachers, who have been clamoring for fair compensation since the previous school year.

It was in school year 2011 to 2012 when the Department of Education (DepEd) implemented the universal kindergarten education program.

“We urge President Aquino to redirect the funds available at his disposal, including various discretionary funds which practically serve as his pork barrel, in favor of the front-liners of his education reform program,” Tinio said.

The legislator previously linked the depressed conditions of volunteer teachers, who are paid honoraria amounting to only one-fourth of the minimum wage, to the disaster that was the kindergarten program.

“The program is self-defeating because it floods the education system with overworked yet underpaid teachers,” he stressed.

Being on honorarium basis, volunteer teachers in some divisions, including Rizal, Bulacan, Urdaneta City, and Palawan, endure long months without receiving the P3,000 pay, Tinio pointed out.

Tinio also urged Aquino to implement the proposed P6,000-per-class monthly honorarium until next school year.

The implementing rules and regulations of Republic Act 10157 or the Kindergarten Education Act states that the hiring of volunteer teachers is a transitory measure to be implemented until school year 2013 to 2014. (Kathrina Alvarez/Sunnex)

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