THE Department of Education (DepEd) is asking public school teachers to stay in the Philippines, amid the growing number of educators leaving the country for abroad, seeking higher pay.
According to the DepEd, it would help children get better education if the teachers stay here, as the lack of teachers oftentimes lead to extra duties for other teachers or jampacked classrooms.
The appeal came amid expectations of a boom in the number of students as a result of implementation of the high school senior program.
Some 1.3 million new students are seen adding to the school population.
Around 40, 000 new teachers are needed, with each standing to receive a monthly pay o P12,000.
More than P10 billion was earmarked by the Department of Budget and Management for procurement of new teacher items.