25,000 DepEd personnel to be displaced by K to 12 program

By Marvin Sy, The Philippine Star

Posted at May 06 2015 09:38 AM | Updated as of May 06 2015 05:41 PM

MANILA - The Department of Education (DepEd) yesterday assured teachers and non-teaching staff who would be affected by the implementation of the K to 12 program that they would be given priority when it starts hiring new personnel in the next two years.

Education Secretary Armin Luistro, in a report to the Senate on the status of the DepEd’s preparation for the K to 12 program, said that an estimated 13,364 teaching staff and 11,456 non-teaching staff from higher education institutions (HEI) are expected to be displaced between 2016 and 2020 with the implementation of the program.

“The implementation of SHS (senior high school) may reduce enrollments in HEIs for five school years, from 2016 to 2020. Reduction in enrollments will adversely affect the employment of several teaching and non-teaching staff,” Luistro said.

DepEd would give priority to the hiring of qualified displaced HEI teaching and non-teaching staff, Luistro said.

He said at least 30,000 new teachers and 6,000 non-teaching staff would be hired for DepEd’s staffing requirements in 2016 and 2017.

The Commission on Higher Education would also provide grants and assistance to the affected HEI personnel. The Department of Labor and Employment would implement programs for the displaced teachers.

Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV and other legislators have been pushing for the deferment in the implementation of the K to 12 program.

According to Trillanes, as many as 75,000 teaching and non-teaching personnel would be displaced once the K to 12 program is implemented.

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