In less than a week, classes will resume. And while the DepEd is preparing for everything from classrooms, books, facilities, school security and coordination with other agencies, it seems to forget the single most important factor in the learning process- the teachers. The DepEd should address the welfare concerns of our teachers as well- by advocating for an immediate increase in our salaries; by taking the steps to fix the mess in GSIS or creating an independent insurance system for its employees; and by ordering the implementation of the 53-year old Magna Carta for Teachers and provide us with the benefits mandated by law like overtime pay, paid study leave, hardship allowance and medical benefits, among others.
Benjo G. Basas
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