[Press Release] Professional development should not burden teachers -TDC

Professional development should not burden teachers, group says

Benjo Basas, National Chairperson, Teachers Dignity Coalition (TDC). Photo by Arnel Tuazon

The Teachers’ Dignity Coalition (TDC) reiterated its demand to spare teachers from the burdensome system of renewal of professional license in accordance with the Continuing Professional Development Act of 2016 (RA 10912) or the CPD Law. Under the said law, teachers and other professionals are required to earn credit units to allow them to renew their respective licenses.

“We need not to undergo trainings and seminars conducted by the PRC-accredited providers to apprise us on our roles as teachers and to provide continuing education.” Said Benjo Basas, the group’s national chairperson.

“Our task is to teach. And by doing so, we also have to study, whether on our own or through the DepEd-initiated training programs which in average would count for not less than 10 full days a year.” Basas added pertaining to the week-long in-service trainings that are conducted in every public school twice a year.

Basas also cited the learning actions cells (LAC) of teachers, a research and study session which according to DepEd recommendation should be done one to two hours a week and that is more than the required 45 credit units that should be earned by a professional teacher for the compliance period of (3) three years, according to TDC.

A Facebook post of Hernando Bernal, a college professor and a PhD holder regarding his horrible experience in attempting to renew his license has now gone viral. According to his estimate, he needs more than P80, 000 for the process, an amount that that is equivalent to P26, 000 per year for a teacher.

The group said that if a college professor whose income is relatively higher could not afford such amount, what more for the average teacher in public or even private schools.

“We reiterate that public school teachers do not need to join trainings and seminars outside DepEd premises for the purpose of earning units because we have a built-in system that may be better than those providers. Why will they require teachers to pay for high cost of those trainings?” Basas lamented.

The TDC raised this issue as one of the urgent matters of teachers during the Education Summit spearheaded by the DepEd last December and they got a positive response. The DepEd assured them that it will ask the PRC to freeze the implementation of the credit units for public school teachers until such time that the agencies have agreed on the trainings or programs that could be credited. During the Senate hearing last week, both PRC and DepEd assured the legislators and the teachers that DepEd initiated programs conducted in schools shall be considered.

“We commend the DepEd for its swift action. However, we will still be in constant watch while they have yet to release a formal and official document.” Basas said. “We hope that DepEd may also consider providing for training needs of private school teachers and other professionals for free or minimal fee so as to enable all our professionals to earn credit units for less cost.”

The TDC is scheduled to troop to the PRC main office in Manila on Thursday, February 8 to press for a dialogue with Chairman Teofilo Pilando and the members of Board for Professional Teachers as to the implementation of the CPD law not just for public school teachers but for their private counterpart and all the professionals as well.

“As early as February of last year, we have sent our request for a meeting to tackle this and other PRC-related issues of our teachers. We hope that this time, they will have time for us.” Basas ended.

On February 14, the TDC will participate in another Senate hearing called by the Committee on Civil Service, Government Reorganization and Professional Regulation chaired by Sen. Antonio Trillanes. #

For details:
Benjo Basas, TDC Chair, 0927-3356375/ 0999-9744612
Dr. Hernando Bernal, 0998-9069518
Link to Dr. Hernando Bernal’s post:
https://web.facebook.com/bham.bernal/posts/10155485085072637

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