World Bank education specialist Javier Luque believes that teachers should have better salaries and must receive bonuses at par with those offered in other professions, especially considering that they require the same level of training and dedication.
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He believes that one of the ways that schools could get good quality teachers is for them to get paid right!
“Teaching is like a very flat profession because you will stay in the classroom and be doing the same thing year after year, so successful teaching systems create tracks for teachers. They see some progress as they get more experience,” Luque explained.
Having the right salary will surely help the teacher make ends meet. With less problems to worry about in terms of financial constraints, the teachers can focus more on what they are supposed to do: teach.
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Under the third tranche of the Salary Standardization Law (SSL), teachers were paid a minimum of Php20,179 for Salary Grade 11 in 2018. Those with higher ranks and longer tenure get more than this amount, yet many believe the teachers’ salaries are still too small compared with other professions.
“The teaching salary has to be similar at least to other professions that require similar levels of trading and dedication…. We also make sure that there is some rewards to experience in teaching that is also comparable to what happens in other careers,” the World Bank expert added.
In support of Luque, many netizens pointed out that teachers do need the salary increase, especially considering the fact that there would be no professionals if there were no teachers.
Bonus and Perks
Aside from increasing their salary, Luque believes teachers should also get various bonuses and perks for excellent performance – similar to what workers receive in other industries. This could motivate them to be more productive.
However, Luque pointed out that the government should be careful when making guidelines about the bonuses and perks to ensure that the reforms in education and teachers’ salaries will always prioritize student learning.
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Indeed, this should be the case or more schools would end up with no failing students in each grade/year level but many of the learners don’t even know the basics of reading and writing!
The Department of Education (DepEd) is also studying the possibility of promotions being based on teachers’ competencies instead of the traditional practice of waiting for vacancies to happen.