TEACHERS’ SALARIES UNABLE TO KEEP UP WITH HIGH COST OF LIVING

 

The crisis of the country’s educational system is reflected in the dire plight of its public school teachers, whose salaries are not even enough to keep up with the high cost of living, according to independent think-tank IBON Foundation.

 

 

Comparing the basic salary of the lowest paid public school teacher (P9,939 a month) with the monthly cost of living in the National Capital Region of P20,454.61 means there is a monthly gap of P10,515.61.

 

 

The last time public school teachers received a salary increase was in 2001.

 

 

Moreover, teachers actually receive only less than half their salaries in their pay checks due to deductions of 30 to 50 items, including contributions to the Government Services Insurance System and withholding tax. In addition, having to service loans at usurious rates further depletes many teachers’ pay checks.

 

 

Teachers also have to work longer hours because of the lack of classrooms and teachers. During school year 2005-2006, pupil-teacher ratio for the elementary level reached 1:35 while the secondary level had a ratio of 1:39 .

 

The plight of the country’s public school teachers reflects how severe the crisis besetting the country’s public educational system has become under the Arroyo administration.

2 Responses to “TEACHERS’ SALARIES UNABLE TO KEEP UP WITH HIGH COST OF LIVING”

  1. MS.OTT Says:

    Glad to read this article. It should not be all about rosy economic predictions that suppose to happen by 2010. Building the nation’s infrastructure through education is begging for real and genuine attention at this point in time.

  2. Rev. Fr. Jessie Somosierra, Jr. Says:

    Ms. Ott,
    Glad also to know ttht there are people like you who are concern with the state of the present situation. I hope there are more people who could organized to help us out concerning this matter.


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