Department of Education (DepEd) is planning to recruit 10,000 public school teachers as well as 5,000 non-teaching personnel in 2020. The new hires will be assigned to different field offices and schools.
For the proposed 2020 budget, the government is allocating a P550.9 billion funding for DepEd.
Usec. Annalyn Sevilla said on Monday at a press conference, “Some of the good news, 10,000 new positions for our teachers. Next, 5,000 non-teaching positions,” under the DepEd’s 2020 proposed budget.
DepEd will allocate P1.28 billion for the creation of 5,000 new non-teaching positions and PhP 1.27 billion for the hiring of 10,000 teachers next year to be able to finance the said recruitment.
Accordingly, they are comitted to further improve the teacher-to-student ratio, enhance learning, and ease the workload of its personnel given increasing enrolment levels in public schools nationwide.
“More than being part of our 10-point agenda, we want to stay true to our word that the Department is relentless in finding ways to enhance personnel welfare, while at the same time improving the delivery of quality education,” Secretary Leonor Magtolis Briones said.
Teachers that will be hired will have a starting salary of P21,000.
“Those who would work for the government would also receive 2-month paid vacation, bonuses, and “special hardship pay” for those assigned in far-flung areas, Briones added.
“Meron tayong (we have) additional benefits, cash allowance,” she said.
In 2016, DepEd lowered the teacher-to-student ratio to 1:35 for elementary and 1:43 for secondary schools to enable teachers to better respond to the varying learning needs of their students.
DepEd is also doubling its budget for the DepEd Computerization Program (DCP) which aims to aid teachers in enhancing the delivery of learning in the classrooms by providing appropriate technologies to all DepEd public schools and offices.