By Merlina Hernando-Malipot
The Department of Education (DepEd) has warned teachers and school heads of online scams or malicious individuals that“commercialize” a resource package that is originally free of charge.
DepEd has reminded teachers and school heads that the Results-based Performance Management System – Philippine Professional Standards for Teachers (RPMS-PPST) materials “are not for sale” and may be downloaded for free through an official link.
“Please beware of online scams or malicious individuals that commercialize the said resource package,” DepEd said.
DepEd underscores the importance of the RPMS that is aligned with the Philippine PPST in ensuring the “delivery of quality, accessible, relevant, and liberating basic education in the country.”
The RPMS is being implemented in consonance with the Civil Service Commission’s (CSC) Strategic Performance Management System (SPMS). It follows the four-phase cycle of SPMS prescribed in CSC Memorandum Circular No. 6, s. 2012 and aims to ensure that both teaching and non-teaching personnel focus work efforts toward achieving the Department’s vision, mission, values, and strategic priorities.
As stipulated in DepEd Order No. 2, s. 2015 (Guidelines on the Establishment and Implementation of RPMS in DepEd), RPMS is a systemic mechanism to manage, monitor and measure performance, and identify human resource and organizational development needs to enable continuous work improvement and individual growth.
DepEd noted that the changes introduced by various national and global frameworks such as the K to 12 law, ASEAN integration, globalization, and other changing characters of the 21st century learners “necessitate the improvements and call for the rethinking” of the National Competency-Based Teacher Standards (NCBTS) which resulted in the development of the PPST.
DepEd noted that over 10,000 pre- and in-service teachers, principals, supervisors, regional directors and educators, and representatives from government agencies and non-government organizations were consulted and involved in the development and validation of the PPST.
The PPST, DepEd said, “outlines the required skills and competencies of quality teachers, enabling them to cope with the emerging global frameworks. If the required skills and competencies are not met, various professional development interventions will be given to them” while the PPST helps “assure parents and guardians that their children receive quality basic education from qualified professionals whose competencies are abreast with changes and advancements in the information age.”
Despite this, various teachers’ groups have been opposing the implementation of the RPMS-PPST because it is allegedly an “additional burden” to their “overloaded work.”
The Alliance of Concerned Teachers (ACT) Philippines, as well as the Teachers Dignity Coalition (TDC), have been urging DepEd to junk its implementation because it is “burdensome, senseless and unjust” evaluation system.
“More than the issues of diverse interpretations and nonuniform implementation, the heart of RPMS-PPST’s problem lies in its flawed framework and unreasonable requirements, but nonetheless imposed upon teachers without the democratic process of consultation,” ACT said.
For TDC, the system requires the submission of documentation of practically everything a teacher does. “It is a rigid and document-based performance system that causes stress and anxiety and steals the time of teachers for teaching,” the group said.
Both teachers’ groups believe that halting the implementation of the RPMS-PPST would be more effective since “teachers need more time for teaching rather than performing clerical work and documentation of tasks performed.”