Implementation of 6-hour workday for teachers urged

March 11, 2019

A  teachers ‘group yesterday asked the  the Department of Education (DepEd) to release the guidelines in implementing a standardized six-hour workday for teachers before the closing of the current school year.

“This is a very opportune time for the DepEd management to deliver its commitment. We are willing to sit down to discuss the details and agree on its implementation. The school year is closing and we expect that clear-cut guidelines will be enforceable nationwide by June 2019,” said Teachers Dignity Coalition ( TDC)  national chairperson Benjo Basas.

As early as 2008, the CSC in a resolution has ordered the DepEd to release guidelines on the “six-hour workday” or the requirement to stay in their school for only six hours, the two hours intended to accomplish other tasks incidental to normal teaching duties may be brought home or anywhere the teacher wants.

However, the DepEd failed to implement the resolution despite the two subsequent issuances from Secretary Lapus in 2008 and 2009, DepEd Memorandum 291 and DeEd Order 16, respectively.

Until now, many teachers are forced to stay in their respective schools for 8 hours or more, even without classes or official functions. This issue has been a perennial problem in most schools and has always been the reason for conflicts in schools between teachers and administrators.