Tell it to SunStar: Burden in renewing teachers’ licenses

WE reiterate our demand to spare teachers from the burdensome system of renewal of professional license in accordance with the Continuing Professional Development Act of 2016 (RA 10912) or the CPD Law.

Under the said law, teachers and other professionals are required to earn credit units to allow them to renew their respective licenses.

We need not to undergo training and seminars conducted by the PRC-accredited providers to apprise us on our roles as teachers and to provide continuing education.

Our task is to teach. And by doing so, we also have to study, whether on our own or through the DepEd-initiated training programs which in average would count for not less than 10 full days a year.

A Facebook post of Hernando Bernal, a college professor and a PhD holder, regarding his horrible experience in attempting to renew his license has now gone viral.

According to his estimate, he needs more than P80, 000 for the process, an amount that that is equivalent to P26, 000 per year for a teacher. If a college professor whose income is relatively higher could not afford such amount, what more for the average teacher in public or even private schools.

We reiterate that public school teachers do not need to join training and seminars outside the Department of Education (DepEd) premises for the purpose of earning units because we have a built-in system that may be better than those providers. Why will they require teachers to pay for high cost of those training?

On February 14, the TDC will participate in another Senate hearing called by the Committee on Civil Service, Government Reorganization and Professional Regulation chaired by Sen. Antonio Trillanes.--Teachers Dgnity Coalition
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