Duterte signs EO establishing RCTQ-assisted DepEd Expanded Career Progression System
The career progression system that will help facilitate the career movement and professional growth of public school teachers will now be officially instituted after President Rodrigo Duterte signed Executive Order No. 174, series of 2022 on 23 June 2022.
RCTQ provided technical assistance to the Department of Education – DepEd Bureau of Human Resource and Organizational Development (BHROD) in crafting the said system.
EO 174, s. 2022 officially creates new teaching positions, namely, Teacher IV, Teacher V, Teacher VI, Teacher VII, and Master Teacher V, and promote professional development and career advancement among public school teachers. The Order also creates two career lines— classroom teaching or school administration.
The classroom teaching career line includes Master Teacher 1, Master Teacher 2, Master Teacher 3, Master Teacher 4 and Master Teacher 5 while the school administration career line consists of School Principal 1, School Principal 2, School Principal 3 and School Principal 4. The EO added that advancing to both career lines requires the attainment of the minimum qualifications prescribed by the Civil Service Commission, and meeting the proficiency levels set out by the Philippine Professional Standards for Teachers (PPST) and the Philippine Professional Standards for School Heads (PPSSH), respectively—two of the three sets of professional standards that RCTQ helped develop.
“The expanded career progression system for public school teachers is hereby established to promote professional development and career advancement among public school teachers, and define the career lines of teachers within the public school system, specifically in the elementary and secondary levels, including the Senior High School,” the Order states.
RCTQ Director Dr. Gina Gonong hailed the newly-signed directive as a major breakthrough in raising the status of the teaching profession.
“With this system, more quality teachers are encouraged to stay in the teaching track and will no longer need to apply for principal or supervisor positions to progress in their careers if what they truly want is to stay as teachers,” Dr. Gonong said. “EO 174 offers career movement for teachers as they continue teaching.”
RCTQ worked with the BHROD in defining career paths for teachers as contained in the EO 174, and the reclassification policy based on the Philippine Qualifications Framework (PQF) and the PPST.
On 6 October 2021, Deped presented the proposed career progression system at the Episode 3 of DepEd’s virtual Education Forum (Educ Forum) series where Dr. Gonong was one of the reactors.
“We, in the Department, envision that i) no single teacher should retire at Teacher 1; ii) teachers’ career paths should allow them to remain in the classroom while advancing in stature and compensation, iii) teachers are given career options between classroom teaching and school administration, and iv) teachers’ career advancement shall be based on the quality of teaching practice where promotion should be self-paced,” Usec. Cabral said.
The proposed career progression system offers teachers the opportunities for career movement, professional growth, and eventually, financial stability. Once approved as policy, DepEd will be creating teaching positions Teacher III, IV, V, VI, VII, and Master Teacher V, and will be institutionalizing a merit-based promotion anchored on the PPST.
Usec. Cabral presented the various career paths for teachers based on the Philippine Qualifications Framework and the PPST as a framework for teacher quality vis-a-vis the classroom teacher career line. He also presented the PPST-based reclassification policy.
“By establishing the professional standards 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,” said Usec Cabral.
Reacting to Usec Cabral’s presentation, Dr. Gonong lauded the DepEd’s move to anchor teachers’ career advancement on the quality of teaching practice. The proposed career progression system, she said, is “comprehensive, evidence-based and, most of all, supportive of teachers.” She said “it is worthy to note that teachers’ voices are heard in the process.”
In a statement after the signing of the EO, DepEd said it is “jubilant about the timely issuance of Executive Order No. 174.
“We shall work with the Civil Service Commission (CSC), the Department of Budget and Management (DBM), and the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) in formulating the rules and regulations of the EO. We we shall continue to develop programs to ensure that our teachers are consistently motivated in providing quality education to our Filipino learners,” DepEd said. (RCTQ Comms)https://www.rctq.ph/?p=3663NewsCareer Progression