DepEd eyes hiring 10,000 new teachers in 2023

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'We're planning – at least as far as the budget is concerned – we are planning to hire 10,000,' says DepEd Spokesman Michael Poa.

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Education on Thursday, September 1, said it was planning to hire 10,000 more teachers in 2023.

DepEd Spokesman Michael Poa said this during the joint press briefing with the Office of the Vice President. However, he reminded schools to fill up their vacancies for this year. “In terms of how many, next year, we’re planning – at least as far as the budget is concerned – we are planning to hire 10,000. As to how many we need, I don’t have the exact figures right now but next year definitely, we aim to hire 10,000 teachers,” he added in a mix of English and Filipino.

During the press briefing on Thursday, Poa said that the DepEd was confident it could complete constructions of classroom for 2023, explaining that those that were unfinished in 2021 were because of COVID-19 lockdowns. The agency allocated P86.5 billion in its 2023 budget for the construction of classrooms, which would build 34,552 schools in first to sixth-class municipalities. Based on DepEd data, the Philippines lacked


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