The Philippine Forum for Quality Basic Education (Educ Forum) highlighted the Department of Education’s (DepEd) proposed career progression system for teachers, which offers opportunities for career movement, professional growth, and financial stability. “By establishing the professional standards of teacher quality and using these quality standards in the selection, hiring, and promotion of teachers, in assessing their performance, in planning and providing professional development interventions, and in rewarding and incentivizing teacher, we could guarantee that the quality of our teachers in our classrooms are of high standards,” OIC Undersecretary for Human Resources and Organizational Development Wilfredo Cabral said during the Educ Forum’s third episode. The proposed career progression system aims to create more opportunities for promotion while upholding its commitment to quality learning as it anchors teachers’ professional growth and advancement on the Philippine Professional Standards for Teachers (PPST) as a framework for Teacher Quality. Once approved as policy, the Department will create the teaching positions Teacher III, IV, V, VI, VII, and Master Teacher V and will institutionalize a merit-based promotion anchored on the PPST. Through the scheme, the teaching career line will be aligned with the four stages of teaching proficiency where Teacher I-III will be in the Career Stage I (Beginning Stage); Teacher IV-VII Career Stage II (Proficient); Master Teacher I-II Career Stage III (Highly Proficient); and Master Teacher III-V Career Stage IV (Distinguished). With the given career stages and framework, teachers need not wait for a natural vacancy to get promoted to a higher position. They could apply for reclassification as soon as they possessed and achieved the expected PPST indicators for the teaching position.
Watch below the full episode of the Eduk Series: Career Progression.
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