Habitual tardiness, absences of teachers draw Young’s ire

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Tuesday, May 3, 2011


CEBU City Vice Mayor Joy Augustus Young has ordered the Department of Education (DepEd) to solve the tardiness and absences of teachers in the city’s public elementary and secondary schools.

Young, who also wants the teachers reprimanded, said he has been receiving complaints and text messages from several parents and students on the habitual tardiness and absences of their teachers.

“For me, this is a very big case. Bigger than you think it is. Di na mahimo nga mag-sige ka ug ka-late or mo-absent sa klase (It’s unacceptable for one to be late or absent in class frequently). If you condone this problem, it will be an opening for a bigger problem. If timeliness is abused, it’s an opening for bigger violations,” he said.

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In an interview yesterday, Young said some of the teachers in the 120 elementary and secondary schools in the city have been late for class 56 times, others 40 to 47 times, within three months. Some of the teachers have also accumulated 25 absences.

Under a Civil Service memorandum, “An employee shall be considered habitually tardy if he or she incurs tardiness, regardless of the number of minutes, 10 times a month for at least two months in a semester or at least two consecutive months during the year.”

Young said tardiness and absences should not be tolerated, saying the teachers are being paid at least P20,000 per month to carry out their job.

Young, who chairs the council’s committee on education, has asked DepEd Cebu City Division to fast-track the resolution of the cases filed against teachers for habitual tardiness and absences.

Based on their records, DepEd has filed 32 administrative cases against 32 teachers in 2010 for “unauthorized” tardiness and absences in reporting for duty during regular teaching office hours.

Of the number, 23 cases are yet to be resolved. The teachers of the remaining nine cases have submitted an explanation letter.

Young had written a letter expressing his concern to DepEd 7 Director Ricaredo Borgonia and Cebu City Schools Division Superintendent Rhea Mar Angtud.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on May 03, 2011.

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