By Merlina Hernando-Malipot
To speed up the hiring process for new teachers, the government is being urged to review the recruitment policies of the Department of Education (DepEd).
Based on a study conducted by Philippine Normal University’s (PNU) academic research experts led by Educational Policy Research & Development Center Director Dr. Edna Luz Abulon, aside from investing more on teacher education, the government should also look into the possibility of reviewing the policies of the DepEd when it comes to hiring of teachers to attract more graduates to pursue a career in teaching.
PNU is considered the Philippines’ premiere learning institution for teachers.
Authors of the study stressed that it is “very important” that the government initiates a review on the “recruitment policies of the DepEd to speed up hiring process for new teachers.” The study is proposing to “cut further hiring period” of DepEd since division heads are given this responsibility.
The authors said this would “take several layers of authority” and will make hiring of new teachers faster. The study said that the tedious hiring process of DepEd is among the reasons “why some teaching applicants just grab other jobs that are available.”
The study said that DepEd “may have claimed that it reduced hiring period from 8 to 3 months in 2013,” but it “skipped the fact that some TEGs are first employed as volunteer teacher or as local government-funded teacher prior to DepEd hiring.”
Aside from this, the study is also pushing for a review of the current DepEd prohibition for teachers to teach in another school. This prohibition, the authors said, is “perhaps must be applied only on permanent teachers but not on temporary teachers in order to help them enhance income.”
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