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Bangsamoro gov’t to assist provisional teachers to become permanent

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The Bangsamoro government will allot P190.98 million for the hiring of contractual teachers, including budget for their review for licensure examination, an official said Thursday, July 9.

This as a group of provisional public school teachers and employees held a “peaceful rally” in front of Bangsamoro Government Center in Cotabato City, appealing to Minister Mohagher Iqbal of the Ministry of Basic, Higher and Technical Education to recall Memorandum Order (MO) No. 154 Cease and Desist Order.

As humanitarian consideration, he said part of the budget will be the P10 million to be spent for free review for Licensure Exam for Teachers (LET) of the provisional teachers.

He said his office will also request the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) to conduct special examination for teachers; and, as approved by the Office of the Chief Minister (OCM), the provisional teachers will be hired for one year for the upcoming school year, which will begin in August.

“Hopefully, in one year, all of them will be able to pass the LET exam and the ministry ensures the automatic change of their status from provisional to permanent effective immediately after passing the licensure exam,” he said.

Under MO 154, the provisional teachers and employees under temporary status had their term expired and were requested to cease and desist from rendering their service effective last May 31.

“These provisional teachers will be re-employed [if they wanted to] with a salary of Php15,000.00 per month and some additional Php5,000.00 annual funds for administrative assessment activity,” Iqbal said.

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