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    Philippines to hire 31,000 teachers

    THE Department of Budget and Management (DBM) in Manila released some P9.5-billion to fund the hiring of some 31,335 elementary and secondary teachers, a government official on Wednesday said.
    DBM Secretary Florencio "Butch" Abad said the release will cover the fund requirements for Teacher I positions nationwide chargeable against the Miscellaneous Personnel Benefits Fund (MPBF) in the 2014 General Appropriations Act (GAA).
    The fund release gives the Department of Education (DepEd) the go signal for jump-starting the hiring process immediately, with all positions ideally filled out by April 1, 2014, in time for the beginning of classes, he noted.
    Of the 31,335 positions, some 13,738 new teachers will be hired at the elementary level (Grades 1 to 6), while 17,597 personnel are designated at the secondary level (Grades 7 and 8, Year 3 and 4).
    "Hiring more teachers is essential to the administration's goal of improving the teacher-to-student ratio in our education system," said Abad.
    "For a long time, Philippine public schools were crippled by a shortage of teachers who can amply guide our school children in their academic pursuits," he added.
    The DBM chief said the P9.52-billion release will give DepEd enough funding legroom to close the 33,194-teacher gap in public schools by 2015.
    "It's not just a matter of enhancing our public education system, but also of giving our students the chance to learn from qualified instructors who can equip them with skills that will be useful beyond the classroom," he noted.
    DepEd has set standards to determine teacher requirements for different levels of education, such as setting the teacher-pupil ratio of one teacher for an ideal number of students per class.
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