By Marisol Bo-oc | 10:35 PM September 28, 2020

The Department of Education (DepEd) is considering hiring teaching assistants or para-teachers to help teachers and students
in blended learning in the new normal set up this coming school year.

Para-teachers will facilitate lessons of students outside the classroom as well as provide administrative support to the Department.

In a press conference on Monday, Education Undersecretary Jess Mateo said DepEd is crafting the policy and guidelines on hiring para-teachers or learning support aides.

Mateo said the teaching assistants will work together with the educators in providing learning through various modalities.

“Ano po ba ang rationale ng hiring na ito? Unang-una, to support teachers and parents in the delivery of basic education services to the learner in this time of new normal,” Mateo said.

According to Mateo, the salary for para-teachers ranges from P6,000 to P11,000 per month.

Applicants should be 21 to 59 years old and at least a senior high school graduate or with two years of study in college to be qualified, even without training and experience, he added.

The applicants should reside with the community of teachers and students.

However, he said they target to hire existing applicants in DepEd for the 2020-2021 school year, provisional teachers in senior high schools, and Licensure Examination for Teachers passers.

The DepEd will consider merit and fitness, location, learner-teacher ratio, and profile of households when hiring the teaching assistants.

School division offices and schools will determine the need of para-teachers in their areas.

When the concerned schools open the application, applicants can contact them and submit required documents.

Mateo said the teaching assistants will be hired under job order for at least six months and will be subject for renewal.

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