MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Education (DepEd) is planning
to hire more than 10,000 teachers this year to serve almost 2.5 million
preschool children in the country.
“This new year, we are renewing our commitment to reach all children
of school age as part of our intensified efforts towards achieving the
Education For All (EFA) commitment,” Education Secretary Armin Luistro
Luistro said that with the increase in DepEd’s budget this year, the
department will implement the universal public kindergarten program for
In line with this, the department is set to undertake a ground
mapping of all school-aged children by way of preregistration all over
the country starting January 15.
“The preregistration will not only allow us to determine the
interventions needed to ensure that the EFA commitment is within the
department’s reach, but it will also enable us to have a wider reach of
children who are deprived of basic education,” Luistro said.
From the 1,914,137 who were reached in 2010 in both public and
private schools, DepEd targets to raise the number of preschool children
it will serve to almost 2.5 million or a 21 percent increase in 2011.
Currently, there are 29,615 preschool teachers. Of these, only 2,299
hold permanent items and the rest are on contract of service status.
This year, DepEd targets to open more than 700 permanent teaching
positions and accommodate more than 10,000 contractual teachers.
Source: PhilStar.com, Dennis Carcamo, 01-04-2011