Thursday, November 18, 2010

Bill to Upgrade Salary of Philippine Public Teachers

When I first asked my parents to let me pursue education course, you bet they had their strong objection simply because teacher's salaries were and remain the smallest compared to other occupations. Thus, I pursued computer education but chose to teach as my profession.

A public teacher for an entry level takes only around PHP 15,649.00 for a monthly pay compared to other non-degree - required call center agent of PHP 15,000.00 - 25,000.00.  No wonder, teachers have loans from all types of credit companies. And, with all the hard works of teachers in and out school, indeed the present pay is way too insufficient and degrading.

Thus, the House Bill 2142 or known as "The Public School Teachers' Salary Upgrading Act" by ACT Teachers Partylist Rep. ANtonio Tinio, is only timely and imperative. The bill shall intend to upgrade the salary from monthly PHP 15,649.00 to PHP 24,887.00 of all elementary and secondary teachers nationwide.

The government fund's top priority is education but with the number of  school teachers, facilities and alike, the fund simply needs a boost.  Then, perhaps, with the increased pay, the quality education can be complementary improved.