As a future educator of this country, I know that I do have a responsibility to uphold teachers professionalism at its finest. I was reminded of this preamble in the Code of Ethics for Professional Teachers
Teachers are duly licensed professionals who possess dignity and reputation with high moral values as well as technical and professional competence in the practice of their noble profession, they strictly adhere to, observe and practice this set of ethical and moral principles, standards and values.
At this moment, I am thinking of the current situation of our teachers. Are they properly compensated? Are they getting the proper amount of training to hone their skills? I believe this questions can be factors on the quality of teachers that we have in the country. Yes, I am aware that teachers in the Philippines undergo rigid technical and professional competence to meet high-quality standards to its students but how much of this is being translated in the classroom given that teachers have all this? And how much is the government spending when it comes to allocation of budget to Department of Education? Lastly, how do we view teachers in our today’s society?
Under the proposed Salary Standardization Law (SSL) 2015, the teachers salary will be increased by the start of this year.This seemed to be good news for all government teachers out there for we all know that their main advocacy for this matter is to further improve government services. Unfortunately, we have been hearing still that there are teachers who does part-time job like selling insurance and other stuff to supplement their meager salaries. Clearly, this jobs aren’t non-teaching and it is sad to know that instead of improving their teaching skills, you see them doing this while working as teachers. I know, training are provided to help them become more effective in their field as teachers and since money is really crucial aspect in our daily life, then we can’t judge them for that matter. Thus, I have seen a clear connection that even though teachers are provided with these trainings by the government, this doesn’t translate to the classroom per se. Yes, we know that they are getting increase in salaries but isn’t it ironic that according in the preamble in the code of ethics that they must “strictly adhere to, observe and practice this set of ethical and moral principles, standards and values”, then what is happening now in their situation clearly doesn’t support that statement.
In his latest statement, Senator Sonny Angara who is currently the chairman of the House committee on higher and technical education, he emphasized that our public school teachers are the “one’s helping shape the future of the youth and of the nation as a whole”. They should be given importance as “they being the contributors to the mental development and inculcation of right moral and ethical values in our pupils and students“. Yes, I am happy that the government is doing a good job in implementing these and knowing that they are much concerned for the welfare of our teachers is just saying that we care and want to promote and improve the social and economic status of public school teachers and their living and working conditions as stated in the Magna Carta for Public School Teachers. I sure do hope!
Gov.ph (2015). Salary of public school teachers and nurses to increase. Retrieved from http://www.gov.ph/2015/11/10/pay-hike-teachers-nurses-under-ssl/