THE Department of Education (DepEd) will hire more than 39,000 teachers for school year 2015-2016 to plug a shortage of mentors in public schools.
Education Secretary Armin Luistro on Tuesday said his agency will allot P9.5 billion for the hiring of teachers.
Luistro added that the department will also absorb teachers hired by local government units (LGUs) to augment the DepEd workforce.
“There were 18,447 locally hired teachers absorbed in the national plantilla these two years: in 2013, 12, 901 and in 2014, 5, 546,” he told The Manila Times.
“There are only 4, 036 remaining locally hired teachers who are qualified but have not yet been absorbed,” Luistro said.
According to him, P2 billion was also allocated for the training of public school teachers.
“There is a P2 billion budget for human resource training and development for 2015.
Around P1.5 billion will be used for retooling of teachers during our summer K-to-12 training. The rest will be downloaded to the divisions for their in-service training for new teachers,” he said.
The Philippine Business for Education (PBEd) earlier said the government should make sure that newly hired public school teachers are properly trained.
PBEd president Chito Salazar cited the need to screen applicants.
He said having a master’s degree is no longer a gauge of teachers’ competencies.
“Sometimes a master’s degree is evidence of that, but sometimes not. Not all masteral programs in this country are good,” Salazar added.
“There are many forms of [teachers’] training and development today, from company internships to industry certification. I think the government should encourage or incentivize or even subsidize faculty development and I think we should find ways to really upgrade graduate programs,” he said.