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Sara Duterte to town mayors: Don’t meddle in appointment of teachers

Vice President Sara Duterte urged local chief executives to steer clear of the appointment process of public schools teachers in their respective municipalities and respect the ranking system of educators.

Duterte, who concurrently sits as Department of Education Secretary, issued the appeal as she recognized the role of the town mayors in shaping an “inclusive and resilient growth” during the 2023 League of Municipalities of the Philippines General Assembly.

She said the quality of education in schools is affected by the quality of teachers being hired.

“Kapag hindi natin sinusunod ang ranking ng ating mga teachers dahil po merong pinipili ang ating mga politicians at pine-pursue natin sa loob ng Department of Education, hindi po natin talaga mababago ang kalidad ng edukasyon ng ating bayan,” she said.

“Kaya po kami ay nakikiusap na sundin po natin ang ranking sa ating pagpili sa mga teachers at hindi po dapat nating pinipilit kung sino yung kakilala, kaibigan, kamag-anak natin sa pagpapasok o hiring ng ating mga teachers sa Department of Education,” she added.

The vice president said the administration has committed to increase investments in education in the next six years.  She enjoined mayors to convene their respective local school boards to evaluate the needs of local schools.

Duterte also asked the local executives to support schools in “geographically isolated and disadvantaged areas” and determine how the special education fund can help augment the needs of the educations institutions.

“An investment in education secures the future peace and progress of your locality,” she said.—LDF, GMA Integrated News