As of press time, an entry-level public school teacher (Teacher 1) having Salary Grade 11 receives a basic salary of Php20,179 per month under Tranche 3 of the SSL. A lawmaker seeks to double this figure to Php42,099, similar to what the president had done when he doubled the salary of the country’s uniformed personnel!
A Teacher 1 with Salary Grade 11 enjoys bonuses and allowances of around Php74,000 a year. Using this figure, the monthly compensation package of teachers (Teacher 1) amounts to Php26,375.
While a number of workers might say that the figure might be ‘big’ and could easily feed the teacher’s family, teachers will tell you this is not true. A lot of public school teachers are struggling with financial matters, especially because a number of them even have to give their students school supplies as the kids are too poor to buy their own stuff.
Moreover, teachers are actually working a lot of overtime hours without pay as they prepare for the next days’ lessons, make test papers, check test papers and projects, and make grades, among others. They certainly need to have a much higher salary than what they are receiving right now.
Senator Sonny Angara filed Senate Bill 135 which aims to double the monthly salaries of public school teachers from Php20,179 to Php42,099, effectively increasing it from Salary Grade 11 to Salary Grade 19.
The senator believes that doubling the teachers’ salary would greatly improve the overall quality of education in the country because this would bring better quality of teaching.
Angara reasoned out that teachers have families to support, too; thus, many have to find other ways to increase their income. If this bill becomes a law, the doubled salary would be enough for the teachers to support their families; thus, they would no longer look outside the classroom for other jobs.
As public servants, Angara believes that teachers should also be given ‘reasonable compensation’.
If approved, this measure is similar to the increase enjoyed by the country’s uniformed personnel (cops, soldiers, navy, jail officers, etc.) beginning last year, in January 2018.