Luistro to teachers: Don't disrupt classes

By RG Cruz, ABS-CBN News

Posted at May 19 2014 04:23 PM | Updated as of May 20 2014 12:23 AM

MANILA - Education Secretary Armin Luistro is calling on the Alliance of Concerned Teachers not to take any actions that will disrupt school services.

This, after the ACT warned of a mass action unless their call for a wage hike for teachers is approved.

In a press statement released by Communications Secretary Sonny Coloma, Luistro stressed the need for enough funding to be guaranteed before any hike can be entertained.

"The [Department of Education] will not object to any measure that will help public school teachers. As long as there is adequate funding, a raise in teachers' salaries will be welcome," the education secretary said.

"We also recognize the right of our teachers to raise their concerns publicly. However, we enjoin these groups not to take any action that will unduly affect the delivery of basic services to our learners. Let us draw the line at abandoning our children. As educators and civil servants let us always keep the interest of our learners in mind," he added.

Last Friday, Coloma said in a Palace briefing that the DepEd is open to discussing a wage hike.

"But that is not a major policy concern for now. Ang major concern ng DepEd ay 'yung preparing for the opening of classes. But they are open to dialogue on that issue. Aware sila doon sa concern at ang panawagan nila ay upuan at pag-usapan dahil papasok na ang mga estudyante, magiging disruptive naman 'yung sinasabing mass leave," he said.