DepEd to employ most competent teachers

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THE Department of Education (DepEd) on Wednesday said it will hire highly qualified public school teachers as part of its efforts in improving the quality of education.

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DepEd assistant secretary for planning Jesus Mateo said that only most qualified applicants for the Teacher 1 item positions will be hired to ensure a most productive learning.

“Not all LET [licensure examination test]passers are all qualified for the position. We will hire applicants that are most qualified,” Mateo told this reporter in an interview.

DepEd earlier said that some 31,335 new teachers will be hired for this school year to address a shortage of teachers in public schools. Mateo said the department was given the green light to hire 31,335 elementary and high school teachers following the release of P9.5 billion to fund the hiring of Teacher I positions nationwide.

Mateo said in a text interview DepEd would also absorb school teachers hired by local government units (LGUs).

“And while there are LGU-hired and volunteer teachers, this school year to fill the gap, we are targeting absorbing those qualified along with new applicants to better serve our learners,” he said, adding that the absorption of locally hired teachers would help address the possible shortage of teachers in June.

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