[Press Release] Teachers ask Bro. Armin to clarify Saturday make-up class order -TDC

Teachers ask Bro. Armin to clarify Saturday make-up class order

The Teachers’ Dignity Coalition (TDC) reiterated its appeal to DepEd Secretary Armin Luistro to order the immediate deferment of the Saturday make-up classes. The group further asks the secretary for a dialogue to clarify the DepEd’s basis for such make-up classes. Luistro in recent statement said that he leave the matter to the discretion of the field officials, specifically the Schools Division Superintendents (SDSs).

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“We are not convinced that make-up classes should be implemented now because we are still compliant of the quarterly school program contained in DepEd Order No. 18, s. 2014 signed by Bro. Armin himself.” Said Benjo Basas, a Caloocan City teacher and the group’s national chairperson.

Basas said that in some divisions of Metro Manila and Central Visayas, make-up classes have started since January 24. This, according to him has prompted their group to hold dialogues with the respective division offices.

“In our dialogue with Caloocan City Division for instance, the Superintendent said that they are just following orders from the higher-ups. Eh di para kaming bola na pagpapasa-pasahan na lang palagi.” Basas exclaimed.

He however said that there was a little victory in the case of Caloocan City because SDS Rita Riddle agreed to postpone the make-up classes to February 7 and it has been cut from 5 to only 3 Saturdays.

“The Secretary should never leave this concern of teachers to the discretion of the field officials. This is a national policy, therefore, there should be a uniform interpretation and implementation. And his office is responsible in ensuring such.” Basas argued.

The group said that teachers were furious over the sudden directive forcing them and their students to report for Saturday classes in lieu of Papal visit suspension last month. There was no consultation made and that the orders were very inconsiderate of the situation both of the teachers and students and their parents.

“Brother Armin, please make us feel that our secretary cares for us teachers. Show us your ‘mercy and compassion.’ Please listen to us.” Basas ended.

The TDC is expected to have a dialogue with DepEd-NCR officials tomorrow, Monday to ask for an immediate deferment of the make-up classes in NCR. The group however said that it should be stop in all regions and divisions in the country, thus, a central office order would be necessary. #

For details: Benjo Basas, 09205740241

BELOW IS THE GROUP STATEMENT POSTED IN FB TODAY:

TUTULAN PO NATIN ANG SATURDAY MAKE-UP CLASSES SA NCR AT BUONG BANSA!

Ang Saturday make-up classes na ipinatutupad na sa ilang division sa NCR at Central Visayas ay hindi naidaan man lang sa kahit na kaunting konsultasyon o pagtalakay kasama ang mga guro at iba pang stakeholders.

Kung atin itong ilalarawan ay simple lamang, HINDI ITO KAILANGAN, ITO’Y PAHIRAP LAMANG, AT WALANG KAHIT NA KAUNTING KONSIDERASYON SA MGA GURO!

Lampas sa kani-kanilang dayalogo sa mga dibisyon, dapat na hamunin natin ang mga Regional Offices at ang central office upang agad itong ipahinto.

HINDI NATIN MAAARING TANGGAPIN ANG GENERIC NA SAGOT NI BRO. ARMIN NA “IPAUBAYA ITO SA MGA SDS” SAPAGKAT SA MGA KARANASAN NATIN, SINASABI LAGI NG FIELD OFFICIALS  NA SUMUSUNOD LAMANG SILA SA NAKATATAAS.

Huwag sana tayong gawing bola na pagpapasa-pasahan na naman, Kailanga natin ang sagot ni Bro. Armin Luistro. Sa kaniya nagmumula ang pambansang polisiya kaya dapat na siya rin ang  magtiyak na maayoas at uniform ang interpretasyon at implementasyon niyo sa buong bansa.

Simple lamang naman ang gusto natin:
UNA, ipaliwanag ng central office kung bakit kailangan ang make-up class gayong walang lost school days batay na rin sa DepEd Order No. 18, 2014 na galing sa central office at pirmado ni Bro. Armin mismo.

IKALAWA, mano ba namang kausapin muna tayo ng mga Regional at Division officials bago tayo puwersahang papasukin at isuko ang araw ng Sabado na mahalaga sa atin, hindi lang bioang guro kundi bilang mga tao.

IKATLO, bakit iba-iba ang bilang ng Saturday classes sa mga dibisyon, mula tatlo hanggang walong Sabado.

IKA-APAT, bayaran ng service credit o katumbas ng isang araw na sahod ang mga araw na ipinapasok natin labas sa ating normal teaching hours sa ilalim ng Magna Carta for Teachers, kabilang ang mga Sabado ng make-up classes.

Ayaw sana nating maging matuos sa oras at kompensasyon, pero malaon na tayong sinasamantala dahil sa ating kabaitan.

Brother Armin, please make us feel that our secretary cares for us teachers. Show us you “mercy and compassion.”

-Teachers’ Dignity Coalition (TDC)/
Ating Guro Partylist
Pebrero 1, 2015

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