The Department of Budget and Management has recently released a circular pursuant to a Joint Resolution No. 4 of the Senate and House of Representatives which declares that teachers with field of expertise in Science and/or Mathematics shall be given additional pay three steps higher than his/her assigned grade.
The National Budget Circular No. 531 series of 2011 states that the grant of a 3-step pay increase serves as an inducement for teachers to specialize in Science and/or Mathematics depending on thrust of giving emphasis to teaching these subjects around in basic education.
“Science and Mathematics are fundamental tools of industrialization which we certainly need to strengthen our global competitiveness,” said Education Secretary Br. Armin A. Luistro FSC.
The general guideline covers incumbent Teacher I, II, III in public elementary and secondary schools who specialize in mentoring Science and Mathematics. The primary approve of step increment began in January 2011 while the coming grants are usually operative for every January of the year.
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A one-time three- salary- step increment are going to be granted to a teacher who meets the standards on academic attainment, teaching load, general performance rating, teaching experiences and relevant training.
In accordance with DepEd Order 79 series of 2002, the school head shall decide qualified teachers based on the review of completed documents which are: recognized appointment, transcript of records, certificates of training carried out in Science and Math, individual teachers program implying daily subject load over the past three school years, performance evaluation for the last 36 months and updated service records.
The Order also set that for a mentor to be allowed to the step increment, he/she ought to have been teaching Science and/or Math continuously for very last three years.