The Department of Budget and Management (DBM) has approved the creation of more than 75,000 new teaching positions as part of the Duterte administration’s vision to address the mentor shortage in public schools across the Philippines.
These new positions will be deployed starting school year 2018 to 2019, Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno said in a press briefing on April 3.
He said a total of 75,242 new teaching positions will be created, 74,886 of which are for entry level, while the remaining are Teacher-2 level equivalent to salary grade 12 intended for the Senior High School program.
Diokno said the government has been relying to the expertise of teachers from private schools and universities for the past two years to support the implementation of the K-12 program.
“Now that we have this full complement of university students coming from grades 11 and 12, we need to be at these positions,” he said.
Of the total, 40,642 Teacher-1 positions have been allocated for kindergarten and elementary levels while 34,244 Teacher-1 positions have been created for the Junior High School program.
The Budget secretary assured the government has enough budget to support the salaries and other benefits of the teachers to be hired.