Math and science teachers get three-step salary increase

A December 5, 2012 press release from the Department of Education

The Department of Education (DepEd) has come out with the implementing guidelines on the grant of a three-step salary increase for teachers of science and/or mathematics in public schools to further improve their teaching of these major subjects.

The Department of Budget and Management has earlier issued a circular pursuant to Joint Resolution No. 4 of the Senate and House of Representatives, which states that teachers with specialization in science and/or mathematics shall be given additional pay three steps higher than his/her assigned grade.

National Budget Circular No. 531, series of 2011, states that the grant of a three-step salary increase serves as an incentive for teachers to specialize in science and/or mathematics in line with the thrust of giving focus to teaching these subjects as early as in basic education.

“Science and mathematics are critical tools of industrialization, which we surely need to improve our global competitiveness,” Education Secretary Bro. Armin A. Luistro, FSC, said.

The guideline covers incumbent math and science teachers in Teacher I, II, and III positions in public elementary and secondary schools. The initial grant of step increment started in January 2011, and the succeeding grants are made operative every January of the year.

A one-time three-step salary increment shall be granted to a teacher who meets the criteria on educational attainment, teaching load, performance rating, teaching experience, and related training.

Based on DepEd Order No. 79, series of 2002, the school head shall determine qualified teachers based on the review of submitted documents, which are approved appointment, transcript of records, certificates of training completed in science and math, individual teacher’s program indicating daily subject load for the last three school years, performance rating for the last three years, and updated service records.

The Order also stipulated that for a teacher to be qualified to the step increment, he/she must have been teaching science and/or math continuously for the last three years.