Teachers demand compensation for ‘extended work’ – Manila Bulletin

Teachers demand compensation for ‘extended work’

The Alliance of Concerned Teachers (ACT) Philippines has again urged the government to make amends and compensate teachers for their “extended work” in the 2021-2022 school year (SY).

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The group previously criticized the Department of Education (DepEd) after receiving reports from educators across the country that they are still “required to physically attend school” beyond the DepEd school timetable. , calling this act a “new form of forced labour”.

“The DepEd should reward all teachers across the country for at least one extended work week, as we had to report for work from June 27 to July 1,” ACT Philippine President Vladimer Quetua said in a statement. press release on Friday July 15. .

According to DepEd’s calendar, June 24 was the last day of the 2021-2022 school year.

“It is right to give teachers extra compensation for their extended working days. The teachers should have been on paid leave during this period and should have been granted an additional 25% increased rate based on the Magna Carta for public school teachers and other ordinances. If the DepEd does not have funds, teachers should be given a 1.2 day service credit for each extended work day,” Quetua continued.

While only 197 out of 209 school days were used during the school year due to the health break declaration, ACT Philippines stood firm and reiterated that these were sufficient to “achieve” its goals of education.

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