A TEACHERS’ group opposed the holding of Saturday make-up classes for the ‘lost school days’ due to classes suspension in line with the Asean Summit, among other disturbances.
In a statement, the Teachers Dignity Coalition (TDC) assailed the Department of Education ordering school officials to implement Saturday make-up classes.
“Teachers have nothing to do with these suspensions; these could actually be considered as distortion to our class program. Thus, teachers as well as students should not be compelled to report every Saturday,” Benjo Basas, TDC national chairperson, said.
The group urged Education Secretary Leonor Briones to clarify the matter after receiving several reports from the field, initially in Metro Manila and Calabarzon that some school division officials are compelling the teachers to report on Saturdays.
“Make-up classes, especially during Saturdays, are not necessary at this point in time, it is simply unfair,” Basas added.
Basas said Saturdays are normally used for post-graduate studies where classes are usually taken up once a week, while some are barred to work because of their religious belief or use the weekends for family bonding.
“It is quite ironic that our teachers are always compelled to work beyond their official time, some even dedicate their weekend for their students and school, yet the DepEd does not set aside overtime pay for them and would deduct their every single minute of under time from their meager salaries,” Basas added. The group argued that there is no need for make-up classes because the buffer days specified in the DepEd calendar have not been compromised and the calendar indicates that school program are allocated into quarters with specific number of days each.