Dr. Leonor Briones, Secretary of the Department of Education (Dep.Ed), announced that more than 50,000 teaching positions all over the country are still open and need to be filled up. In particular, there is an immediate demand for Science and Math teachers for the K-12 curriculum.
“We have a challenge in hiring Math and Science teachers.” — Secretary Dr. Leonor Briones
Despite recruitment efforts from 2010 to 2016 for the K-12 program, which led to the employment of 195, 302 teachers, the demand for more educators is still high.
The Education Secretary shared the need for educators to the Committee on Appropriations of the House of Representatives during Dep.Ed’s presentation of its proposed budget for 2017.
Briones also reported that an anticipated massive displacement of teachers was averted thanks to the full implementation of the K-12 program, which added two years to basic education.
In the proposed budget of P567.56 billion for the Department of Education, Briones disclosed that P15.5 billion would be utilized to hire 53,831 teachers. P65.4 billion will be dedicated to the construction of 47,492 classrooms, and P43.9 billion will be for the construction of laboratories. Other budget allotments include technical vocational tools and equipment packages, Information and Communications Technology packages, Science and Math equipment packages, non-teaching item, learning materials, and sets of school seats.
Secondly, Dep.Ed also offers above entry-level positions and salaries to those who graduated from Science and Technology related courses under Junior Level Science Scholarships from the Department of Science and Technology (DOST). They will be given Special Science Teacher Positions in addition to salary grade 13, and a teacher-training program that will allow them to qualify to take the Licensure Exam for Teachers (LET).
Science, Math, or Engineering graduates, even without an LET certification, and graduates of technical-vocational courses with TESDA certifications are encouraged to apply.
Part-time teachers for the senior high school program are also wanted, especially those who are practitioners with expertise in specialized learning areas under the K-12 program.