The Teachers’ Dignity Coalition (TDC) has formally asked the Department of Education to immediately stop the implementation of the results-based performance management system (RPMS) that is set to measure the output of public school teachers nationwide.
“Based on the ‘roll-out’ in the field, this RPMS places our expected output beyond 100 per cent. We view this as nothing but burden, especially that the teachers’ tasks and delivery of output are not easily quantifiable because of the peculiarity of our work. Thus, RPMS would only result to confusion if not exploitation.” Said Benjo Basas in a letter addressed to DepEd Secretary Armin Luistro.
RPMS is the new performance rating system based on the Civil Service Commission (CSC) memorandum circular no. 6 in 2012. The TDC, along with more than a hundred teachers from Metro Manila held a protest followed by a dialogue with CSC Chair Francisco Duque III to discuss the matter.
“In our meeting with the CSC officials, it was made clear that RPMS cannot be implemented without the prior agreement between the teachers and administrators on the performance indicators and expected output. Unfortunately, this is not the way it is being carried out in the field. Since June of this year, the supposed open consultation in the division and school level has been nothing but an imposition of this scheme, perhaps for compliance.” Basas continued.
The groups urged CSC and DepEd to review the applicability of this policy to public schools and further challenged the government to provide the necessary support to public school system in terms of facilities and other resources, most especially in terms of teacher compensation.
“We appeal to the DepEd to immediately issue a memorandum to halt the implementation of RPMS until clear, definite and acceptable guidelines have been formulated with the widest consultation possible.” Basas added.
The group is expected to meet the CSC and DepEd officials anytime this week to further discuss the issue.
“RPMS is nothing, but another burden to already overworked yet underpaid teachers.” Basas ended.
Reference: Benjo Basas, national chair, 09205740241
August 04, 2014
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