MANILA—A lawmaker on Saturday called for a higher budget for the education department and less workload for public school teachers.
ACT Teachers Party-List Rep. France Castro, in a statement, said the DepEd must hire professionals to work on jobs that fall on teachers.
Castro said those jobs include: Guidance counselling, repairing and working on electrical problems, painting rooms, monitoring the beneficiaries of Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program, and working as part of the staff in the clinic, the canteen or the financial department.
"Ang panawagan natin sa DepEd ay rebyuhin din ang ilang mga gawaing nabanggit sa itaas at tiyaking hindi na ito ipapagawa sa mga guro," she said.
"Sa mga guro, maging mapanuri po tayo at tumanggi kung alam nating mali at pagsasamantala na ang ipinagagawa sa atin."
Castro sought higher education budget for the hiring of additional personnel.
"Panawagan natin sa gobyerno na pondohan ang pagkakaroon ng sapat na bilang ng education support personnel upang gampanan ang mga responsibilidad na nabanggit sa itaas at hindi na maipasa sa mga guro," she said.
For 2019, the DepEd was allocated P528.8 billion, lower by P51.8 billion or 8.9 percent than its 2018 budget of P580.6 billion.
Castro, meanwhile, thanked the DepEd for lessening the paperwork of public school teachers.
"This National Teacher's Month and upcoming World Teacher's Day, Let us #HonorOurTeachers. No more burdensome paperwork and reports, clerical and other non-teaching tasks! Fight for#SalaryIncreaseNow and for Higher Education Budget," she said.