01 Oct DepEd to Employ 13,200 Personnel to Do Nonteaching Jobs in Schools Nationwide by 2017
Last September 30, 2016, the Department of Education (DepEd) disclosed that by next year, 13,200 personnel will be hired to do nonteaching jobs in schools nationwide to lessen the administrative workload of public school teachers. This was announced in front of thousands of teachers who were gathered at the Cuneta Astrodome in Pasay City, in-line with the celebration of World Teachers’ Day this coming October 5, 2016.
“The substantial part of the budget will not only address critical resources but also other requirements,” said Education Undersecretary Jesus Mateo adding that the lower house already approved DepEd’s proposed 2017 budget which amounted to P567 billion, 34 percent bigger than this year’s allocation. “You’ve been telling us that you lack support staff, so now the DepEd has started creating nonteaching staff for schools but this will be done gradually.”
“The number was small in the previous years because our fiscal space was limited. But now that it is wider, the government now can afford these items,” Mateo told Inquirer. With the said budget of P567 billion, P4 billion of it will be for the hiring of 13,266 personnel to handle nonteaching jobs which include financial and administrative tasks. And the biggest bulk of the said nonteaching employees will be assigned to senior high schools. “In the past, they do bookkeeping. When they are not teaching, our teachers also do non-teaching functions. We are now trying to correct that situation.”
P15.5 billion from the 2017 budget will also be allocated for the hiring of more than 53,800 teachers, mainly for the SHS program, and another P65.4 billion for classrooms and school buildings.