Better compensation package urged for teachers

By Perla Lena

TACLOBAN CITY, (PNA) — The Philippine government should look into the state of teachers and work on a better compensation package to encourage younger generations to pursue education courses.

This was the view of Lorna L. Garnace, an English teacher at the Philippine Science High School Eastern Visayas campus and one of Metrobank Foundation’s 10 Outstanding Teachers this 2013.

Garnace said that while the bulk of work is something that discourages high school graduates from pursuing an education degree, them spending for classroom needs is also one factor.

Teachers, she said, are just fortunate if they parents and teachers association in their school is supportive, otherwise they have to shell out funds from their own pockets, especially those teaching in far-flung areas.

“This is something that government needs to review; to spare teachers from very huge tax,” she said adding that while their salary is big in figure there are too many deductions.

Meantime, she advised parents not to dictate upon their children what course to take in college because it will only put them at a disadvantage position.

“Give them the liberty to decide because they will be living their own lives. We will not always be with them. All we can do is help them prepare for a life after schooling,” she said.

Garnace is the third teacher from the PSHS-Eastern Visayas campus who was bestowed the recognition.

She received her P350,000 cash prize, a specially-designed trophy and medal and a plaque of recognition for her school in a ceremony highlighting the 51st anniversary celebration of Metrobank held today in Manila.