DepEd plans to free teachers from administrative duties so they may concentrate on teaching

Vice President and Education Secretary Sara Duterte wants to free up teachers' time so they may concentrate more on teaching in an effort to "improve" the country's basic education teaching standards.

On Wednesday, July 27, at the DepEd Central Office in Pasig City, Michael Poa, spokesperson for the Department of Education (DepEd), revealed this plan during a joint press conference with the Office of the Vice President (OVP).

“What will happen is that, our department headed by the Vice President and Secretary Sara Duterte is planning to ease off the administrative tasks from teachers because we noticed that aside from teaching, they also have administrative tasks,” Poa said in a mix of English and Filipino, when asked about Duterte’s plans for the welfare of teachers.

“Our plan for now, we need to upskill our teachers. To complement that, we will perhaps have to hire non-teaching staff to handle those things, at least for the teachers,” he added.

Teachers have long complained that a backlog of paperwork makes it difficult for them to plan classes.

During the press conference, Duterte's proposal for the welfare of teachers was questioned because President Ferdinand Marcos Jr.'s first State of the Nation Address did not address this issue. The wellbeing of teachers was not emphasized, despite the President's "promising" intentions for the restoration of the educational system.

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