THE Department of Education (DepEd) on Friday said it would absorb school teachers hired by local government units (LGUs) in the next school year.
DepEd assistant secretary Jesus Mateo said the absorption of LGU-hired teachers to the regular teaching workforce of the department would help address the possible shortage of teachers in June.
“Our priority is to absorb qualified LGU-hired teachers,” Mateo said adding that there are 33,194 new teacher items in this year’s budget allotted to DepEd.
But he explained that they are still gathering information and coordinating with their local offices on how many of the LGU teachers can fill the regular teachers’ item.
“We cannot be sure how many of these will be filled by LGU-funded teachers since they, together with new applicants, still have to undergo the screening process,” the DepEd official said.
The screening process would ensure that only qualified applicants would be hired by the Education department.
Earlier, Mateo said the DepEd objective is to regularize these locally hired teachers.
There are about 37,000 teachers hired and paid by various LGUs nationwide, augmenting the DepEd workforce.
In a related development, Mateo said the DepEd has already addressed the teachers’ shortage in 2010.
“We have already filled the gaps as far as the 2010 shortage is concerned,” Mateo added.