Pay hike for public school teachers this July

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Friday, May 6, 2011


PUBLIC school teachers will receive a salary increase this coming school year in compliance with the Salary Standardization Law (SSL), Department of Education (DepEd) 7 Director Recaredo Borgonia said yesterday.

The law grants a yearly increase in the salary of government workers since 2009.

Under the SSL, the salary increase is divided into four yearly tranches, which means a fourth of the increase is given annually from 2009 to 2013.

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Starting this July 1, public school teachers will receive the third tranche of the increase.

The law provides that workers under the sub-professional level (salary grades 1 to 9) will receive 28 to 36-percent salary increase, while those under the professional level (salary grades 10 to 24) will receive 38 to 100 percent increase.

Teachers are classified under salary grades 10 to 24.

Borgonia said the starting salary for teachers in the region at present is P17,000.

Budget bulletin

Over 45,000 DepEd workers in the region will benefit from the salary increase, he added.

He pointed out that the Department of Budget and Management has yet to issue a budget bulletin in connection with the salary increase this year.

Borgonia earlier reminded private elementary and secondary schools that are raising their tuition next school year to spend 70 percent of the increase on the salary of teachers and other school workers.

Public school teachers generally receive higher salary than their counterparts in private schools.

DepEd helps augment the salary of private school teachers through its Government Assistance for Students and Teachers in Private Education.

Private school teachers covered by the program receive P1,000 every month, on top of the salary they receive.

Private schools

Earlier, DepEd 7 Assistant Director Carmelita Dulangon said they will not tolerate private elementary and high schools that collect higher fees, but don’t spend their additional income on what they are intended for.

Schools raising their tuition are required to spend 70 percent of the increase on personnel’s salary, 20 percent for the improvement of facilities such as school buildings and equipment, while the remaining 10 percent will be their return on investment.

Dulangon said schools that collect library fees should have books ready for use by their students and those that collect dental fees should have dentists who will cater to the dental needs of their students.

She also pointed out that DepEd requires schools to inform their students and parents about the increase in fees early on by posting their approved application for tuition increase in conspicuous places.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on May 06, 2011.

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