Over 1,600 Senior High School (SHS) teachers were allowed to continue teaching for the upcoming school year after the Civil Service Commission (CSC) renewed their provisional appointments.
The Department of Education (DepEd), in a Facebook post, made this announcement on Friday, June 18.
“The Civil Service Commission has granted the request of DepEd to renew the provisional appointments issued to Senior High School teachers first hired in SY 2016-2017, for another school year (SY 2021-2022), in light of the postponement of the 2020 Licensure Examination for Professional Teachers (LEPT),” DepEd said.
DepEd added that the “the affected provisional SHS teachers will receive priority status for the 2021 LEPT scheduled for September, as granted by the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC).”
The CSC, DepEd said, has granted the reappointment of professional teachers for another school year subject to the several conditions.
First, there should be a “proof that affected professional teachers have taken the LEPT at least once in the last five years.”
CSC also required that there should be “absence of available qualified LEPT eligible applicants in the DepEd Registry of Qualified Applicants (RQA), as certified by the Schools Division Superintendent (SDS.)”
Lastly, the “termination of professional appointments with qualified LEPT eligible applicants become available and willing to accept the appointment.”
In a statement issued June 5, Education Secretary Leonor Briones DepEd assured that provisional teachers can continue teaching this SY 2020-2021.
DepEd noted that 1, 638 SHS teachers, whose provisional appointments are set to expire by July this year, were also granted priority status by the PRC in the 2021 LEPT.
Citing Section 8 of Republic Act No. 10533 or the Enhanced Basic Education Act of 2013, DepEd noted that it “can hire graduates of science, mathematics, statistics, engineering, music, and other degree courses without LEPT qualifications provided that they pass the examination within five years after their date of hiring.”
DepEd said that under CSC’s revised 2018 Omnibus Rules on Appointments and Other Human Resource Actions (ORAOHRA), provisional appointments are issued to “personnel who meet all the requirements of the position except for the eligibility but only in the absence of a qualified eligible candidate who is available and willing to accept the appointment” as certified by the SDS.