Teachers Oppose Saturday make-up classes
The Teachers’ Dignity Coalition (TDC) hit several field offices of 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 classes suspension in line with ASEAN summit among other disturbances.
“Teachers have nothing to do with these suspensions; these could actually be considered as distortion to our class program. Thus, teachers as well as students should not be compelled to report every Saturday.” Said Benjo Basas, TDC national chairperson.
The group call on the DepEd leadership, specifically Sec. Liling Briones to clarify the matter after receiving several reports from the field, initially in Metro Manila and CALABARZON that some schools division officials are compelling the teachers to report on Saturdays.
“Make-up classes, especially during Saturdays are not necessary at this point in time, it is simply unfair.” Basas added.
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.
“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 from their meager salaries.” Basas continued.
The group argued that there is no need for make-up classes because the buffer days specified in the DepEd calendar have not been compromised and the calendar indicates that school program are allocated into quarters with specific number of days each.
“Fortunately, we have completed all the programs for two quarters and we are compliant, despite several suspensions due to inclement weather and transport strikes. This ASEAN class suspension falls under the third qurter which has just began this week.” Basas said.
The TDC also questioned the non-uniformity of the implementation in the field, because so far only several divisions in Metro Manila and some parts of Luzon have declared the class suspension.
“How come that the number of make-up days differs by division, when we have almost the same number of suspensions in the whole region?” Basas asked.
The Federation of Public School Teachers Association of Makati (FEPSTAM) recently questioned the memorandum released by the Division Office ordering five Saturdays of make-up classes. #
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