A group on Tuesday, April 20, urged the leadership of the Department of Education (DepEd) to focus its efforts into “more relevant” activities such as conducting a survey among its teachers during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic instead of “profiling” the members of teachers’ organizations.
The Teachers’ Dignity Coalition (TDC), a 30,000-strong group, asked this of DepEd after the it has directed a “profiling” of the group’s members – along with another teachers’ organization, the Alliance of Concerned Teachers (ACT) – over the weekend.
“Instead of asking the field officials to get the details of teachers affiliated with TDC or ACT, the DepEd could make a more relevant profiling – survey the teachers infected with COVID-19 and provide them the necessary assistance,” TDC National Chairperson Benjo Basas said.
“Our teachers are now bombarded by countless difficulties, from lack of learning modules, excessive workload, financial woes, and rise in COVID-19 cases in their localities,” Basas said.
Instead of creating unnecessary anxiety among its members, Basas said that what teachers – and other employees – need at this time is a “caring DepEd leadership, human compassion would make things more bearable for them.”
Early this week, TDC also launched an online survey on the needs of teachers. In particular, the group wanted to get information on the pressing problems and challenges being faced by teachers – especially those that are not being addressed by the leadership of DepEd.
“We’re using a platform that is easy to use to quickly get the sentiments of teachers on the issues facing our sector today,” Basas said in Filipino in a statement issued April 18.
TDC is conducting its own survey using Google Forms asking only one question: “Sa Iyong Palagay, Ano sa mga Sumusunod ang Unang Dapat Gawan ng Survey at Asikasuhin ng DepEd (Which of the Following Do You Think DepEd Should Survey and Take Care of First?)”
The participants can choose from five options:
1. Anong tulong ang kailangan mo sakaling ikaw ay magkasakit? (What help do you need in case you get sick?)
2. Nasusunod ba sa iyong paaralan ang Work-From-Home scheme? (Does your school follow the Work-From-Home scheme?)
3. Kailangan mo ba ang P1,500 na internet allowance? (Do you need P1,500 internet allowance?)
4. Mayroon ka na bang modules para sa 3rd quarter? (Did you get modules for the 3rd quarter?)
5. May sarili ka bang laptop na nagagamit sa pagtuturo? (Do you own a laptop that you can use for teaching?)
Participants to the said survey are also given an option to choose: “All of the above.”
“Ang resulta nito ay agad naming isusumite sa DepEd Central Office at aasa kami na itong mga bagay na ito na may kinalaman sa kapakanan ng mga guro at mga bata ang pagtutuunan naman nila ng pansin (We will immediately submit the result to the DepEd Central Office and we hope that they will focus on these matters related to the welfare of teachers and children),” Basas said.
TDC said that it has also requested a dialogue with Education Secretary Leonor Briones but there is no reply yet as of this time.