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Salaries of Philippines teachers not enough for high cost of living

Jun. 05, 2007

MANILA – The crisis of the countrys educational system is reflected in the dire plight of its public school teachers, whose salaries are not even enough to keep up with the high cost of living, according to independent think-tank IBON Foundation.

Comparing the basic salary of the lowest paid public school teacher (P9,939 a month) with the monthly cost of living in the National Capital Region of P20,454.61 means there is a monthly gap of P10,515.61.

The last time public school teachers received a salary increase was in 2001.

Moreover, teachers actually receive only less than half their salaries in their pay checks due to deductions of 30 to 50 items, including contributions to the Government Services Insurance System and withholding tax. In addition, having to service loans at usurious rates further depletes many teachers pay checks.

Teachers also have to work longer hours because of the lack of classrooms and teachers. During school year 2005-2006, pupil-teacher ratio for the elementary level reached 1:35 while the secondary level had a ratio of 1:39.

The plight of the countrys public school teachers reflects how severe the crisis besetting the countrys public educational system has become under the Arroyo administration.

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  • From what I have seen of the educational system, while living in the Philippines is that they are over paid and do not provide the basic education that is needed for the Filipeno to compiete in the world market. Math, Science and General Knowlegge is is overlooked to teach socialization and imprenting the male population with the Homosexual lifestile. Most techers in the rual settings ar Bacla and are allowed to imprent this dispicibal lifestile on the students, girls are rased with the Idea that Backla are to be looked up to as true beauty.
    There a saying in the States. Those that cant Do, Teach.
    What are you teaching you youth. I am sure that some Bacla will read this and discard it but it must be said. Your contury is on the edge of distruction and the teachers are the reason why. You are there to teach, not to be the student friend or lover in some cases, between the Church and the schools. The end is near. most teachers that i have interviewed do not know the answer to the the simple question 7X9 = it pethitic. You can tare apart my spelling if you like but I have dislexia but you know what my point is. your schools are failing and giving teachers more money to do the same lousey job is a wast of money. You have my e-mail adress respond if you dare.

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