Marcos administrator should heed teachers’ call for pay rise, says Gatchalian – Reuters

The incoming administration of President-elect Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. is expected to heed teachers’ call for a pay rise, which has been the lowest among Asian countries.

Sen. Sherwin Gatchalian said the pay raise was already overdue and should be a priority for the Marcos administration.

“We looked at the ASEAN teacher salary averages and we are one of the lowest. In fact, we are the third lowest in terms of salaries paid to our teachers,” Gatchalian said in a recent interview on CNN Philippines.

“The highest is Indonesia, their entry level there is nearly P60,000 – higher than Singapore – and Indonesia values ​​its teachers a lot,” he said.

Gatchalian, who currently heads the Senate Basic Education, Arts, and Culture Committee, said he has introduced a bill to improve the starting salary for 11th-grade public school teachers. (25,439 P) to 14th year (32,321 P). .

At the same time, he said he had also tabled a bill to add a few more tiers of teachers so there would be room for promotions.

“I agree that we should raise the salaries of teachers, so that we can deter being third-to-last in ASEAN. So we can at least enter the middle level of ASEAN,” said underlined the senator.

Gatchalian has repeatedly stressed the need to boost the morale of the country’s teachers, who have been at the forefront of the education sector, especially during the past two years of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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