DepEd Teacher Promotion – It is not easy to be promoted
DepEd Teacher Promotion – It is not easy to be promoted, I think every teacher likes to be promoted, especially those who are already holding higher positions, like the teachers-in-charge, head teachers, and principals. It has been said that, “once tested always wanted.” So it is not very surprising for someone to crave for a higher position.
But the question is, “How could you be promoted?” You know, in our present situation, it is not easy to be promoted, I learned from some administrators, who have already retired, that during their time, promotion was relatively easier. I knew also a certain administrator, who got his promotion easily, although he cannot be considered competent in his position. His assets were his loyalty and closeness to his superiors, and he was promoted. But now it is very different. You can no longer promoted easily, even if you are very loyal to your superiors and even to the system. There are many factors to consider before you can be promoted. And competition at present is very keen, especially since there are many who are aspiring for promotion.
Take my case for example. I received my appointment as elementary school head teacher last July 7, 2002. Counting the years, I have been teacher for almost nine years. Like the other head teachers, I can consider myself an overstaying head teacher. Sometimes I wonder, why until now, I have not yet been promoted. Ever since I became a head teacher, I am always rated outstanding. And ever since, I have been very supportive of the projects and programs of the government, like the Department of Education (DEPED). In short, I have been very loyal to the system.
Talking about educational qualifications, I think I am not also very behind, because I have already completed my masteral course and attended several in service trainings and seminars which are related to my position.
Well for the award, I have nothing to boast, because I did not receive any award from the division or regional office. I only received awards from the district office and also from scouting. From the Boy Scouts of the Philippines, I received my Gold Service Award. And from the Girl Scouts of the Philippines, the latest award that I received was the Coral Service Award.
I really don’t know, what my deficiencies are. I was always outranked by other aspirants, even by the new ones. I did not see also the results of the ranking which were not announced. In fact, since I became head teacher and for the many rankings that were made, I did not know my rank. I did not know whether I ranked 56th or last. I only knew that I was outranked, when someone was already promoted to a principal position.
This does not mean that I don’t trust the members of the ranking committee. In truth, I have high regard for them, and also respect their decisions.
What I hope is for the ranking to be open to all, just like the ranking of the new teacher applicants. If possible, the result of the ranking, together with the points earned by the aspirants should be posted to a conspicuous place in the division office. All schools should be furnished with copies of the result.
Aside from that, the criteria for the ranking should be announced earlier, especially if there are changes in the guidelines. And if possible, all aspirants should be furnished with the criteria. By so doing, the aspirants will know that to do, to prepare themselves for the ranking.
The ranking committee should also set a deadline for the submission of all pertinent papers needed for the ranking. No more additional insertion should be allowed after the deadline. The deadline should be fixed. An aspirant who failed to submit his pertinent papers on the deadline, should be automatically disqualified.
In case of awards, the aspirants should be required to present to the committee the original copies of awards they received for authentication. All awards must be checked thoroughly through the master list. Awards not found in the master list would not be counted. And this should count against the one who submitted it.
I believe that if this is done or religiously followed, all aspirants for promotion will be pleased. With the publication of the result of the ranking, the aspirants will know their ranks and even the ranks of other aspirants. They will also know their strong and weak points. And with this, they can be properly guided. Then they can have enough time to improve themselves for the next ranking.