BANGUED, Abra — Assistant Minority Leader and ACT Teachers Representative France Castro with representatives from Alliance of Concerned Teachers – Private Schools filed House Bill 5783 or the Magna Carta for Private School Teachers.

The bill seeks to provide the same protection to private school teachers in terms of salaries, benefits, and working conditions like what has been provided to public school teachers through the Republic Act 4760 or the Magna Carta for Public School Teachers.

Castro said that existing laws do not provide sufficient protection with regards to job security for private school teachers.

“While the labor code clearly states that probation for employees in the private sector shall not be longer than six (6) months, administrative issuances from the Department of Education and the Commission on Higher Education allowed a three year probationary period for private school teachers causing thousands of teachers under contractual employment for longer periods,” Castro explained.

Castro also emphasized that private school teachers have similar responsibilities, duties, and functions to their public sector counterparts and also experience the same hardships like large class sizes, inadequate salaries and additional paperwork in their schools.

“To prevent teachers from migrating from the private sector to public schools, they should be able to receive the same, if not better, salaries and benefits, humane working conditions and respect for their professional and political rights and be protected under the law,” Castro said. # nordis.net

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