Thursday, May 7, 2009

Philipine Education

Teaching is the profession that teaches all the other professions.

A good teacher is like a candle - it consumes itself to light the way for others but among professionals, teachers receive the lowest monthly salary. Old issue that our teachers faced up and dealing with is work overloading. This is a situation where they can’t evade due to shortage of teachers. In its Memorandum No. 29 issued last June 13, the Department of Education (DepED) instructed public school teachers “to fully utilize the six hour actual classroom teaching time.” This means that a teacher must spend six hours facilitating classes. But this memorandum, as I observed with my wife, might prevented her from doing other things like writing lesson plans and preparing instructional materials. It also stated that teachers are not exempted from the eight-hour working time. Thus, the remaining two hours should be spent for activities “within or outside school premises to comply with the eight-hour workday.” But according to the Alliance of Concerned Teachers (ACT) teachers are to spend “not more than six hours” for actual classroom teaching based on the Magna Carta for Public School Teachers.

Petition to increase the salary of our public school teachers still circulating through the net. I am joining this cause in alleviating the stressful life and the worsening working conditions of our teachers. Teachers comprise one-third of the 1.5 million government employees as per ACT. Their disconcerting plight contributes largely to the deterioration of the state of Philippine education.

Read this petition and join us in raising the banner of our beloved teachers. In behalf of my wife, I have signed this petition (see no.198 of this petition) just to upgrade the education system of our country. If the foundation is weak, the building will undoubtedly collapse.

My wife in this photo gave an inventory test to her students. Notice the boy in the center who is looking at the camera. His name is Jeslie M. Lapus. Does it ring a bell to you? Well, he got the same name like our DepEd Secretary himself though of different spelling. Here's the ID that I made for free for the students of my wife.

By the way, my wife, Mrs. Anna Mae F. Rallos is a public school teacher assigned in Brgy. Tabunok, Hilongos, Leyte.


Anonymous said...

Pagka nice hehehe
go go go!!! let's support the teachers of the philippines...

batang buotan said...

Public education system gets too much attention but got few reforms and given little importance. It's an irony.

tiborsho said...

akong amahan public school teacher sad sa paknaan, mandaue... sya na naga blog sa akong site nga :D