Private school teachers hoping to get financial aid amid COVID-19 crisis

The Department of Education is finding ways to include private school teachers in the government’s financial assistance.

Looking after private school teachers

The Department of Education (DepEd) is seeking help from its co-government agency the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) in handing out a cash assistance program for private school teachers included in the “no work no pay” policy from their employers.

NEDA acting secretary and former Finance Secretary, Karl Kendrick Chua, mentioned about a consultation made by DepEd Secretary Leonor Briones with his office regarding the welfare of the teachers affected by the COVID-19 crisis.

A huge number of private school teachers, especially those from small schools in remote areas, are under the “no work no pay” policy. Small schools are incapable of providing their teaching and non-teaching staff with an ongoing salary during the pandemic.

Cash assistance for small business’ workers

Chua suggested that private school teachers seek financial assistance through the government’s financial aid program for small business’ workers.

DepEd is calling school administrators to submit to them a list of their teachers being affected with the “no work no pay” policy such that necessary assistance will be provided.

The department is expecting around 500,000 employees from various small schools nationwide, both teaching and non-teaching school staff, according to estimates given by private school administrators.