Binay said Malacañang’s proposed salary standardization is not enough and that changes under the salary standardization will hardly be felt by teachers.
“It would be better if we look at adjusting the salary of a Teacher 1, from the current Salary Grade 11, to at least Salary Grade 19,” Binay said in a speech at the Centennial Celebration of San Alberto Magno Academy in La Union.
“Malacañang’s proposed salary standardization, where an entry-level teacher’s salary would increase only by 11.89% from P18,549 a month this year to P20,754, after four annual salary hikes ending in 2019, would be hardly felt if we factor in inflation,” he added.
Binay said he will continue to push for the welfare of teachers and noted that his daughter, Senator Nancy Binay, has already filed several bills in Senate that aim to give teachers additional benefits.
“Sentor Nancy has already authored Senate Bill No. 2006 or the Public School Teacher’s Incentives Act of 2013, and Senate Bill No. 2780, or the Overseas Filipino Workers or OFW and Public School Teacher’s Funeral Assistance Act of 2015. We plan to push for the passage these notable bills, including an increase in appropriations for education,” the Vice President said.
Binay recounted how having quality education helped him improve his life and vowed to increase education budget by 20 percent.
“[Under my administration], we will increase the budget for education and training by 20%. The increased fund will be used to build more classrooms, purchase more books and other instructional materials and equipment for elementary schools,” he added.
Binay said one of the priorities of his administration is the review of the implementation of the K-12 program.
“I agree with the noble purpose behind K-12, but I feel that stakeholders are ill-prepared for such major adjustments in their schedules and resources. We will fine-tune the system to prepare the schools and the students to be ready for the changes,” he said.
He also said he plans to replicate the University of Makati’s Dualized Education System nationwide to compliment K-12.
“K-12 must also be complemented by an apprenticeship program. Private sector enterprises—through their sectoral councils—must be encouraged to work with higher educational institutions in developing a college curriculum that is more attuned to the requirements of the labor market,” he said.
Binay said he wants to make schools more accessible to the students through the creation of an educational council responsible for coordinating efforts between different educational institutions.
“We will institutionalize the coordination and linkage of Commission on Higher Education (CHED), Department of Education (Dep-Ed), Technical Education Skills and Development Authority (TESDA) and private sector through the setting up of the National Educational Council directly under the Office of the President,” he said.
“This is to better harmonize efforts in K-12 implementation and to address the recurring problem of mismatch between academic outputs and needs of industry,” he added.