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Government urged to pay teachers for their ‘extended work’

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A group of education professionals argued that the government ought to provide additional compensation to teachers who have performed extra work for this school year.

The government should pay teachers for up to three weeks of extra labor during current school year, according to the Alliance of Concerned Teachers (ACT) Philippines.

Vladimer Quetua, chairperson of ACT Philippines, stated that the “final day of the school year was June 24, 2022, and it should be the commencement of the 2-month school holiday because the new school year would start on August 22, 2022,” using the DepEd calendar for School Year (SY) 2021–2022 as support.

Due to the fact that everyone was forced to go to work from June 27 to July 1, Quetua stated that DepEd “should compensate all teachers” from around the nation for at least one week of additional work.

According to Quetua, “it appears that the DepEd calendar cheated the teachers out of their workdays by departing from the previous method that included the week set aside for graduation and recognition ceremonies in the number of school days.”

Quetua emphasized that the graduation week was left out of the required number of school days for this academic year, which caused teachers’ workloads to be extended by one week.

According to the Magna Carta for Public School Teachers and other regulations, teachers should have been on paid leave during this time and should have received an additional daily rate + 25%, he continued.

Teachers are entitled to service credits of 6.25 to 18.75 days from one up to three weeks of excess labor, according to Quetua, who added that if the DepEd lacks the funds, they should be awarded 1.25 days for each day of overtime.

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