[Press Release] Teachers furious on Saturday make-up classes -TDC

Teachers furious on Saturday make-up classes

Public school teachers under the banner of the Teachers’ Dignity Coalition (TDC) hit the Department of Education (DepEd) for the orders directing the implementation of Saturday make-up classes in lieu of the ‘lost school days’ due to recent typhoons, local holidays and Papal visit.

TDC

“Teachers have nothing to do with these suspensions; these could actually be considered as distortion of our class program. Thus, we should not be compelled to report every Saturday.” Said Benjo Basas, TDC national chairperson and a teacher of Caloocan City.

The group asks DepEd Secretary Br. Armin Luistro for a dialogue to clarify the matter after receiving several reports from the field that teachers are forced to report every Saturday for the said make-up class.

“We believe that make-up classes, especially during Saturdays are not necessary at this point in time, it is simply unfair.” Basas exclaimed.

Basas said that Saturdays are normally use for post graduate studies where classes are usually taken-up once a week, while some are barred to work because of their religious belief or use the weekends for family bonding.

Basas continued “It is quite ironic that our teachers are always compelled to work beyond their official time, some even dedicate their weekend for their students and school, yet the DepEd does not set aside overtime pay for them and would deduct their every single minute of under time meager salaries.”

The group argued that there is no need for make-up classes because the ‘lost days’ were all during the third quarter and since the DepEd school calendar indicates that school program are allocated into quarters with specific number of days each.

“Fortunately, we have completed all the quarterly programs from June to the end of January, thus, we are compliant to the school calendar contained in DepEd Order No. 18, s. 2014.” Basas said. He continued “The fourth quarter is composed only of 40 days starting February 2 and ending on March 27, the last school day of the year. Therefore, we have no lost days; we are actually ahead of the expected accomplishment date.”

The TDC also questioned the non-uniformity of the implementation in the field, because so far only the divisions of Navotas, Manila and Caloocan have released their respective memoranda but with different number of make-up class days; 3 in Navotas, 4 in Manila and 5 in Caloocan.

“How come that the number of make-up days differ by division, when we have almost the same number of suspensions in the whole region?” Basas asked.

Basas also cited the regional memorandum of the DepEd-NCR which was released last Tuesday that says “make-up classes shall not be done in consecutive Saturdays.”

“We challenge our Secretary to show his real compassion to our teachers, we ask him for a dialogue to tackle this and other concerns of our teachers.” Basas ended.

At 3:00 o’clock this afternoon, TDC leaders and members will troop ti the division office of Caloocan City at 10th Avenue to seek the explanation of officials of DepEd Caloocan. #

For details: Benjo Basas, 09205740241

BELOW IS THE GROUP STATEMENT POSTED IN FB:

KAPRITSO LANG AT HINDI PANGANGAILANGAN ANG MAKE-UP CLASSES
(Please share hanggang makarating sa mga SDSs, RDs at kay Brother!)

Paano natin ito nasabi? Narito ang ilang kadahilanan:

1. HINDI NATIN KAGUSTUHAN ANG CLASS SUSPENSIONS.
Mas gusto nga nating tuluy-tuloy ang pasok para hindi maabala ang lesson at program sa klase. Gayunman, wala tayong magagawa dahil idineklarang suspendido ang klase noong nagkaroon ng mga bagyo (Glenda, Ruby, Seniang etc) at noong nagkaroon ng mga pagdiriwang (Pista ng Nazareno sa Maynila, Sinulog sa Cebu at Papal Visit sa buong NCR).

2. ANG SABADO AT LINGGO AY ARAW NA LAAN PARA SA ATIN.
Ang araw ng Sabado, kung saan itinatapat ng mga kinauukulan ang ‘make-up clases’ ay araw na inilalaan natin sa ating pag-aaral, sa religious activities, sa paglalaba, sa family bonding at iba pang bagay na mahalaga rin sa atin, hindi lamang bilang mga guro, kundi bilang mga tao. Kung ang paminsan-minsang release ng cards na ginagawa tuwing Sabado (kahit walang service credit) ay pinalalampas na natin, pero hindi ang maraming sunud-sunod na Sabado (may TLE teachers ay kumukuha ng kurso sa TESDA para ma-qualify sa pagtuturo sa Senior HS- lagot, baka i-drop sila kung tatlong Sabado ang absent, paano pa kaya kung lima?);

3. LAGI TAYONG OVERTIME AT OVERWORKED, PERO HINDI TAYO NANININGIL.
Madalas, kung hindi man lagi ay nagseserbisyo tayong nga guro nang lampas sa ating official time, pero hindi tayo naniningil ng overtime pay. Samantala, hanggang huling minuto ng ating ‘undertime’ at agad na kinakaltasan. It’s unfair;

4. TINANGGAL NA BA NI BRO. ARMIN ANG BUFFER DAYS?
Ang school calendar ng DepEd ay laging mayroong buffer days na laan sa mga class suspension dahil sa bagyo, local holidays, activities atbp. Samantala, ang mga araw na laan sa teaching-learning ay 180 lamang (na ayon kay Bro. Armin ay non-negotiable). Bakit tila yata wala na sa School Calendar 2014-2015 ang mga konseptong ito?;

5. QUARTERLY ANG SCHOOL/CLASS PROGRAM KAYA WALA TAYONG DAPAT BAYARAN.
Ang class suspension na ginawa noong mula 1st hanggang 3rd quarter ay hindi maaaring singilin ngayong 4th Quarter dahil may kani-kaniyang program at number of days ang bawat quarter. Sa katunayan, 40 days lamang ang inilaan para sa 4th Quarter (20 for February and 20 for March) at magsisimula pa lamang ito sa February 2 at magtatapos sa March 27, ang last day ng school year. Ibig sabihin, ang lahat ng paaralan ay nakasunod sa quarterly program mula first day ng 1st quarter hanggang last day ng 3rd quarter as indicated in DepEd Order 18, s. 2015.

6. ITUTURO NATIN ANG LESSON NUNG 3RD GRADING NGAYONG 4TH GRADIING?
Ang lahat ng sinasabing lost school days ay naganap hindi ngayong 4th quarter kundi noong mga nakalipas (pinakamarami ay 3rd quarter). Ibig sabihin ba dahil sa assumption ng DepEd na may hindi tayo naituro noong 3rd Quarter ay ituturo natin iyon ngayong 4th Quarter? Siguro naman hindi. Samakatuwid, para saan ang make-up classes for lost school days of December and January?

7. BAKIT IBA-IBA ANG BILANG NG ARAW NA BABAYARAN?
Naku, ito pa ang isa. Sa iba’t ibang division ay iba-iba ang bilang ng araw na babayaran. Sa Navotas 3 days lang, sa Maynila 4 days naman at sa Caloocan, 5 days- FIVE SATURDAYS! Sa iba wala pang anunsiyo. Paano kaya nangyari na iba-iba ito samantalang halos pare-pareho naman ang number of days ng class suspension. Sa Caloocan nga, pati holiday nung December 12, 2014 ay may pasok.

BROTHER, USAP TAYO!
Dahil sa ilang kadahilanang ito ay hinahamon natin ang pamunuan ng DepEd-NCR at maging DepEd Central sa isang maayos na dayalogo. Hindi tayo dapat pumapayag na lagi na lamang binibigla nang ganito. Ni walang paliwanag na maayos, ni walang konsultasyon at bigla-biglang bababaan ng mga utos na wala kahit kaunting konsiderasyon!

MABILIS ANG SAKRIPISYO, MAKUPAD ANG BENEPISYO
Mabilis kung magpatrabaho- kahit na walang batayan. Pero sobrang bagal pagdating sa bigayan ng ating mga benepisyo. Saan kaya humuhugot ng lakas ng loob ang mga opisyal ng DepEd, mga nasa central office, gayundin sa field para tratuhin na lamang ng ganito ang mga guro at pati ang mga principal, na madalas ay sumusunod na lamang.

KUNG SINSERO ANG DEPED SA MAKE-UP CLASS, DAPAT SANA’Y KINUNSIDERA ANG LAHAT NG BAGAY, LALO NA ANG MGA GURO. MANO BA NAMANG KINAUSAP MUNA TAYO, HANDA NAMAN TAYONG MAKINIG, MAG-AMBAG NG IDEYA AT SUMUPORTA. AYUSIN LAMANG SANA ANG PROSESO NG PAGPAPATUPAD NG ANUMANG KAUTUSAN MULA DIVISION HANGGANG CENTRAL OFFICE.

-Teachers’ Dignity Coalition (TDC)
/ATING GURO Partylist
Enero 28, 2015

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