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ACT-Teachers solon seeks P30K salary for private schoolteachers

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ACT Teachers party-list Rep. France Castro on Wednesday said she has filed a bill raising the minimum salary of private school teachers to P30,000.

Under House Bill 5166, the Makabayan lawmaker solon proposed better pay for private school teachers, particularly those assigned in basic education and outside the National Capital Region.

”Those against increasing the salaries of public school teachers often argue that they already have salaries higher than teachers in private schools,” she said.

“They claim that there would be a migration of teachers from private school teachers to public schools when their salaries increase,” Castro said.

“It is true that many private schools receive lower salaries than public school teachers. That is why we filed a bill increasing the minimum monthly salaries of private school teachers to P30,000,” she added.

The 2010 Revised Manual for Regulation of Private Schools in Basic Education of the DepEd provides for the sharing of increments in tuition increases, that is, 70 percent of the tuition collection must be allocated to the salaries and/or wages of teaching and non-teaching personnel.

“The right of private school teachers and their education support personnel must not be made dependent or conditioned on tuition increases,” Castro added.

“Private school teachers, like their counterpart in the public sector have long been calling for a substantial increase in their salaries. Teachers in the private sector are not spared from huge class sizes and additional tasks apart from their teaching responsibility. They are also overworked and underpaid,” Castro said.

“Many private school teachers receive salaries that does not commensurate to their status as teachers. There are even reports of private elementary and high school teachers being paid salaries ranging from P3,000 to P6,000,” she lamented.

“This despite being licensed professional teachers and possess the necessary and desirable qualifications for teaching,” Castro said.