DepEd chief: More science, math teachers needed

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — The country needs more science and math teachers for its K to 12 program, Department of Education (DepEd) Secretary Leonor Briones revealed.

"We have a challenge in hiring Math and Science teachers. . . [We need] a huge army of teachers, we'll recruit more," she told lawmakers during a presentation of the DepEd budget before the House of Representatives' Committee on Appropriations on September 2.

Briones also reported that DepEd deterred the anticipated displacement of teachers following the full implementation of K to 12. DepEd said it has created 36,461 teaching positions for its senior high school program, and has also hired 3,950 displaced faculty of higher education institutions such as colleges and universities.

"We lack teachers. We are not displacing teachers," Briones pointed out.

In a statement released on Friday, DepEd said that the demand for more K to 12 educators is "still high despite the employment of 195,302 teachers between 2010 and 2016."

The DepEd proposed a ₱567.56 billion budget for 2017. Of that figure, ₱15.5 billion will be channeled to the hiring of new teachers.