July 12, 2019
SENATE President Pro Tempore Ralph Recto has filed a bill raising the public school teachers’ annual “chalk allowance” from P3,500 to P10,000.
The senator said “chalk allowance” was the popular term for the cash given to teachers at the start of the school year for the purchase of chalk, pens, erasers, paper and other school supplies.
He said the current allocation was not enough.
“This is not enough in this age of internet, when USBs (universal serial buses), in addition to the traditional paper and writing materials, are now part of the teacher’s tool box,” Recto said.
He said teachers needed more supplies not only for teaching, “but to comply with the mountains and gigabytes of reports they have to submit.”
The Department of Education’s chalk allowance budget this year is P2.9 billion. Increasing the allowance to P10,000 would require an additional P5.4 billion.
“Chalk allowance is to teachers as what bullets are to soldiers. And those waging the war against illiteracy need more of this ammunition. Because at present, all of them dip into their meager salaries to buy the supplies they need for teaching,” Recto said.
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