DepEd sets to review memorandum that prohibits hiring unlicensed teachers

The Department of Education (DepEd) is set to review the memorandum that prohibits  hiring unlicensed teachers for elementary and secondary schools including private schools.

The DepEd National Capital Region regional memorandum 78, S. 2018 addresses that the Teachers Professionalization Act that requires a license for basic education teachers but is subject to exceptions. In a statement posted on social media by Education lawyer Joseph Noel Estrada, he said that the law was echoed in the DepEd’s annual of Regulations for Private Schools in Basic Education under the DepEd Order 88, s. 2010 as amended.

Estrada also added that he is currently urging the DepEd to reconsider the regional memorandum 78 to initiate a review of the policy environment that affects its implementation. He also addressed that the government should provide an environment where subjects of the law can comply in good faith and equitably.

In other words, the government should provide an environment where subjects of the law, as in this case the private schools and the teachers, can comply in good faith and equitably. Unless the problems on a shortage of licensed teachers are addressed, teacher education curriculum reviewed, and the compensation structure of all public and private school teachers studied carefully, the spirit of the Teachers Professionalization Act will not be realized, and quality education will suffer,” Estrada said.

He also added that the regional memorandum had failed to mention that under the K-to-12 law or RA 10533, new graduates and new hires without teachers’ licenses can teach in elementary and secondary schools in subjects where there is a shortage of teachers, for a period of five years from the date of hiring.

NCR has one of the biggest, if not the biggest, in terms of senior high school (SHS) population in both public and private schools and it needs more SHS teachers for the two million learners,” he said.

He also slammed the deparment in its failure to consider the long-standing problem on the shortage of qualified and licensed teachers in the country. Based on the data,  DepEd has thousands of still unfilled teacher items in the past three years all over the country. He noted that the government should first address the shortage of licensed teachers and the migration of licensed teachers from the private schools to public schools because of high salaries before implementing regional memorandum 78.

On the other hand, the Federation of Associations of Private Schools and Administrators (Fapsa) said the regional memorandum could pose a serious threat to private schools whose teachers have transferred to public schools.

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