• The Department of Education was urged once again to stop the ‘lesson plan burden’
  • Teachers’ Dignity Coalition asked Secretary Leonor Briones to reduce clerical tasks of public school teachers
  • The group wrote another letter addressed to the DepEd chief

The Department of Education (DepEd) was urged once again to stop the so-called “lesson plan” burden; urging Education Secretary Leonor Briones to allow public school teachers to use simplified lesson preparation.

The Teachers’ Dignity Coalition (TDC) wrote another letter to Briones again, asking the latter to reduce the clerical tasks of public school teachers by allowing the use of simplified lesson preparation. They also urged her to put a halt to the implementation of DepEd Order No. 42, which was issued by Briones’ predecessor Sec. Armin Luistro last month.

“On July 4, 2016, the undersigned sent a letter to your office requesting for a dialogue regarding several concerns of public school teachers which we believe are urgent matters. One of those is our appeal to reduce the teachers’ clerical tasks. The matter has been picked by mainstream media and is currently a trending topic in social media where teachers have strong presence,” the letter signed by TDC National Chairperson Benjo Basas stated.

The group pointed out that the DepEd Order No. 42 is not necessary.

“Specifically, we would like to appeal to your office to immediately halt the implementation of DepEd Order No. 42, s. 2016 and enforce the DepEd Order No. 70, s. 2012. The former is widely considered as another burden to already overburdened teachers. Thus, a strong clamor from the field could never be ignored,” the TDC noted.

The teachers said while they recognize that the DepEd has good intentions in issuing DepEd Order No. 42, they still believe that it should immediately be put to halt for the following reasons:
  1. The Order was only issued on June 17, 2016, or four days after the classes resume for SY 2016-2017 and thus, was never included in the summer in-service training of teachers.
  2. Many school heads are in confusion as to how it will be implemented.
  3. In several instances, teachers were told to adopt the DLL/DLP template under the Order even without a benefit of proper orientation.
  4. The confusion resulted to conflicts between teachers and school administrators in the field.
  5. There were several reports that teachers got sick and hospitalized due to exhaustion and extreme fatigue, a teacher in a province allegedly committed suicide because of this.