THE Alliance of Concerned Teachers (ACT) has denounced public education agencies in some regions after receiving reports that the appointments of thousands of provisional teachers were not renewed.
ACT Secretary-General Raymond Basilio said the teachers were from Regions 1, 4-A, 7, and 12 and in BARMM .
Basilio added that some DepEd officials in the regions have reportedly threatened to transfer teachers to other schools if they fail to meet a 100 percent enrollment turnout for this school year.
In a complaint sent to the DepEd on July 23, the group stressed that the dismissal of provisional teachers and threats of displacement are “inhumane” and go against the requirement for additional teachers in the implementation of the agency’s basic educationand learning continuity plan amid the pandemic and worsening economic conditions.
“This is the latest in DepEd’s string of deplorable moves as we face the COVID-19 pandemic and the government’s failed response has caused on people’s lives, livelihoods, and rights.
“Adding now to the record-high unemployment statistics are thousands of provisional teachers who were laid off whch is in violation of RA 10533, and in the middle of shortage in teachers who are tasked to deliver DepEd’s BE-LCP,” Basilio pointed out.
The group stressed that under Section 8 (a) of RA 10533 or an act that overhauled the Philippine basic education system and introduced the K to 12 curriculum, allows teachers to render service up to five years, pending their passage of the Licensure Exam for Teachers.
However, those who were recently dismissed by DepEd have only been in service for three years.
On the other hand, the transfer of teachers who did not meet their “enrollment quota” violated Section 6 of RA 4670 or the Magna Carta for Public School Teachers.
“DepEd’s total disregard for teachers’ welfare and rights is appalling. After failing to ensure our safety throughout the school opening preps and evading institutional accountability, it now arbitrarily leaves several teachers out of jobs or displaced. Ibang klaseng kalupitan ito ng DepEd, they just keep outdoing themselves in this regard,” Basilio added.
The group said DepEd should be working towards strengthening the education system, which its weaknesses were severely exposed during the health and economic crisis.
“Education’s frontliners are teachers and staffers and currently we don’t have enough to meet the mounting demands of the service in the midst of the pandemic.
“It’s only reasonable and just that these provisional teachers be reinstated and more teachers should be hired to optimize our learning machinery.
“DepEd can start by absorbing retrenched private school teachers, while also fulfilling the requisites to enable current teachers to perform their work,” Basilio said.