[Statement] Teachers, praise Senate for proposed teaching aids allowance, but reiterate the need for laptop and internet connectivity -TDC

#HumanRights #Education Teachers, praise Senate for proposed teaching aids allowance but reiterate the need for laptop and internet connectivity

We appreciate the Senate’s approval of the P10, 000 Teaching Aids Allowance for our public school teachers in a unanimous decision yesterday. This will raise the said allowance from the current P3,500 to a maximum of P10,000 by 2024. However, the proposed amount will not be enough to meet the requirements of our teachers in the new modes of teaching where gadgets and internet connectivity are daily necessities. This P10, 000 teaching aids allowance which will be in full only by the year 2024 could help out teachers in a normal school setting but could not answer for urgent needs like laptop computers, smartphones, printers, and essential internet connectivity. We hope that our legislators and the DepEd management would still consider the provision of laptop and internet allowance for all our public school teachers.

Benjo Basas, TDC Chair
November 10, 2020

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