Date Published:
Feb 18, 2019
Policy Notes
Focus Area(s):
PN 2019-01

This Policy Note revisits the chronically overworked state of public school teachers in the Philippines. It finds that the workload of public school teachers is not only limited to teaching but also to other nonteaching tasks. Because of this workload, actual teaching is increasingly being sidelined by the multitude of other responsibilities and roles that teachers play. The study also finds the dropout rate as a faulty metric of teacher performance. Given these findings, it urges the government to address human resource distribution at the Department of Education. It also recommends the conduct of evidence-based studies in reducing teacher workload.


This publication has been cited 78 times

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In Congress Documents
  1. Barzaga, Elpidio Jr. 2019. House Resolution 626: Resolution directing the committee on basic education and culture, committee on higher and technical education and other appropriate committees to conduct an investigation in aid of legislation into the educational performance of the Philippines. House of Representatives.
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