Teachers demand higher salaries

THOUSANDS of teachers and education workers marched to Congress and called for just compensation for quality education to commemorate the World Teachers’ Day yesterday.

Teachers all over the world commemorate the joint signing of the UNESCO/ILO Recommendation Concerning the Status of Teachers on 5 October 1966.

“We, Filipino teachers, commemorate this day by asserting increase in salaries for teachers and education workers, and adequate budget for education,” said France Castro, secretary general of the Alliance of Concerned Teachers (ACT).

Castro added: “For decades, the Philippine government has failed to implement meaningful actions on this recommendation.”

She said the status Filipino teachers’ remain economically slumped, burdened and victimized by government agencies that are supposedly tasked to protect their welfare.

Castro also disclosed that schools remain lacking from the basic resources to provide quality education for the youth.

“We commemorate today by continuing with our struggles, and pushing for the passing of the House Bill No. 2142 which will upgrade the teachers’ salaries from Salary Grade 11 to 15,” she said.

This year’s international day for teachers also fall on the end of the First 100 days of President Benigno “PNoy” Aquino III.

ACT vice president Benjamin Valbuena said the occasion also holds another significance for the teachers as their demands for changes and reforms in the education sector have not been met by President Aquino.

“We give PNoy a failing mark for his 100-day performance as president of the country,” Valbuena said.

The teachers gave the President an average of 71.83 percent for failing to address the issues of the teachers.

“We will continue to remain vigilant of PNoy’s actions, and we vow to continue asserting for the rights and welfare of teachers, education workers and the people,” concluded Valbuena. D’Jay Lazaro

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