The salary of public school teachers is double that of their counterparts in the private sector, Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno said Tuesday, as a group of public educators demanded an increase in their basic pay.
In a protest during Monday's opening of classes, the Alliance of Concerned Teachers (ACT) Central Luzon Union urged the government to raise the starting salary of teachers from P20,179 to P30,000.
Diokno, however, said public school teachers at the entry level are already getting P29,000 in base pay, bonuses and allowances.
"The pay of the public school teachers is twice that of private school teachers. Kaya naglilipapatan talaga e; basta nakapasa sila ng exam for teachers, lilipat na sila ng public school," he told radio DZMM.
(This is why they have been transferring; once they pass the exam for teachers, those in the private sector transfer to public schools.)
Public school teachers have been clamoring for a significant increase in their salaries following the pay hike for police officers, soldiers and other uniformed personnel this year.
President Rodrigo Duterte last month said doubling the salary of teachers may not be possible at this time even as he again vowed to implement a pay hike for the sector.
DZMM, 5 Tuesday 2018