Math, science teachers to get last tranche of 3-step pay hike

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Saturday, January 12, 2013


THE Department of Education (DepEd) is now ready for the last tranche of the three-step salary increment for math and/or science teachers in a bid to improve the quality of teaching especially in state-run schools.

DepEd recently issued the implementing guidelines for the approved three-step pay increase for science and math teachers in public schools across the country for 2013.

Geneilito "Dodong" Atillo, spokesperson for DepEd-Davao, told Sun.Star Davao that the increase is by virtue of a circular issued by the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) upholding the Joint Resolution No. 4 issued by the Senate and the House of Representative.

To recall, a National Budget Circular No. 531, which was issued in 2011, provides the measure to increase the salary of math and science teachers is a form of incentive as part of the government's thrust to improve math and science teaching in basic education.

The DepEd said the initial grant of step increment started in January 2011 while the succeeding grants are to be implemented every January of the succeeding year.

The last phase of the step increment that takes effect this month will cover incumbent Teacher I, II, III in public elementary and secondary schools who have been teaching either math or science or both for at least three consecutive years.

"The department viewed math and science teachers as a vital key for our step toward industrialization," Atillo said.

He said the step increment is way different from the salary grade increase for teachers.

However, the one-time three-salary-step increment will only be granted to teachers who met various criteria including their educational attainment, teaching load, performance rating, teaching experience and related training, among others which will be determined by the school head.

But for those teachers who didn't meet the minimum requirements, a one step increment will be given.

Atillo, however, said the increase is not that big, but said anything that is given to boost the morale of teachers is well-appreciated.

"Lipay na gani mi anang (We are happy even with that) little increase because we always considered that as something nay nag value sa among ka hago (that our efforts are being appreciated),” Atillo said.

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on January 12, 2013.

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