How Much Do Private School Teachers Make?

How Much Do Private School Teachers Make?
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You are curious about how much do private school teachers in the Philippines earn, aren’t you? Perhaps, you’re also interested to know who make more money – private school teachers or public school teachers. Read this article and share us your insights by leaving your comments below.

Becoming a Teacher

Years ago, parents would discourage their children from pursuing Education degree in college because of the remuneration issues. Others might have even developed a stigma that teaching was the least among other professions; hence, pursuing the course meant taking the last resort.

Down the era of academic interests however, no other profession has seen an improvement in positive public perception as much as teaching has. Truly, the influence of teachers – the social and cultural forces that define how society respects them – remains far beyond measure. Sooner, the society has somehow developed a cultural war on teachers being waged.

Noblest as said, teaching can be both rewarding and frustrating, hence not a career for everyone. Most people who have the initial decision to become teachers usually undergo drastic psychological transitions on self-fulfillment – from more tangible conditions (such as salary, workloads, and others) to the most abstract ones.

Teachers’ Exodus

Education graduates in the Philippines usually get an instant employment at local private schools for professional profile building and at the same time, a preparation for licensure examination. Despite all trainings, experiences, and better working conditions, still many private school teachers, as economic beings, look for greener pastures.

With the recent overhaul of the Philippine education system leading to a higher demand for certified teachers and promising work and retirement benefits, private school teachers have been making a massive migration or exodus to public schools.

It has been reported (in an online local news portal) that around 200,000 private school teachers have already joined the public school system since 2010, hence putting private schools in a question of faculty qualification and sufficiency.

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While public school teachers enjoy the competitive and attractive compensation package, private school teachers remain in qualms about low salary, poor work and retirement benefits, and tenure security issues.

In June, a colleague in 15 years of service as regular faculty member and college program head left for a senior high school (SHS) teaching post in the public school primarily because of the promising salary and benefits package. In the same month, two more probationary teachers packed their bags for the same opportunities despite issues on legal agreements with the school which later were successfully negotiated.

Such teachers’ exodus and career hopping have recently had a negative impact on the private schools’ recruitment and retention of highly qualified private school teachers.

Personal Experiences

As a graduate of Education, I have been into teaching for over four years in three different schools – two months in a village school, two years in my alma matter as a college instructor, and over two years in one of the largest for-profit IT-based colleges in the Philippines (first as a college instructor, then currently as a senior high school teacher).

In 2011, I was just in my teaching practicum when I was offered by the village school director a teaching position, however with a meager monthly salary of P4,000.00. During my last three months as a student teacher, I was already a part of their teaching force with extra workloads and remuneration. Honestly, I was worried then that turning down the offer could affect my practicum evaluation. Sooner after completion, I had to make negotiations. Although I was finally offered an additional post as the school registrar, still a monthly salary of P8,000.00 could not suffice my personal expenses.

After resignation, I applied in my alma mater for a college instructorship. Without any professional license and significant teaching experiences then, I accepted the salary offer of P50.00 per teaching hour (around P10,000.00 monthly). Somehow, it was a decent income for an entry-level private school teacher. After all, the school had incentive programs such perfect attendance (P2,000.00 a month), grade (P4.00 for every student who passed the subject), performance (usually P5,000.00 per semester), and other monetary incentives.

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In 2012, I took the Licensure Examination for Teachers (LET) and nailed it. For two years, I had developed a concrete plan to apply for a teaching post in public school, until May 2014 when I had all the papers and process completed. However, with a different hiring period in public schools, I had no choice but to file a resignation.

In the same month, the ranking results were released, and I was on a shortlist of priority applicants (rank 2 for the subject area in our district). I became even more excited and had a few follow-up calls. However, June came and no slot was still available. It was the same dilemma among private school teachers taking the transition – getting unemployed and unwaged for a month or more.

Days more and I had a work contract with a nearby private school signed – the salary offer was P12,000.00 (plus around P3,000.00 overload pay). Temporarily, I had my public school professional drift set aside. After a year, I had a salary increase, and monthly, I received around P15,000.00.

Recent expansion of the school network with senior high school (SHS) offering resulted in major adjustment on certified teachers’ remunerations, hence a bracket of P19,000.00 – P25,000.00 a month.

Currently, salary rates in our school may be at par with what entry-level (Teacher I) public school teachers receive. However, with allowances, benefits, and salary-increase propositions from around P23,000.00 to P39,000.00 a month awaiting in public schools, no wonder private school teachers, like me, may soon welcome these opportunities.

Soon.

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