DepEd reduces teachers’ paperwork
The Department of Education (DepEd) on Tuesday said it has reduced the paperwork for teachers to help them “focus more on teaching.” From 36 school forms, they need to fill out only 10.
In a statement, the DepEd also said it has streamlined processes like minimizing duplication of data and lessening the time and effort spent by teachers on work preparation.
The decision was made after the department conducted consultations with field representatives, teachers, school heads, and regional supervisors. It said the goal was “not to eliminate reporting entirely” but to ensure that data collected are “not compromised” and are important to the proper assessment, planning, and allocation of resources.
“Two phases of DepEd’s review comprise of the creation of simplified school forms, standardization of format, updating and reduction of data needed in existing school forms, and making the most of the available technology and information system,” it said.
“As a result, the Department has reduced 36 common school forms to 10 official school forms, which already include forms for Senior High School, and has streamlined processes – minimizing duplication and redundancy of data, and diminishing time and effort spent by teachers on work preparations,” it added.
While DepEd will continue to find ways to reduce the workload of teachers, it maintained that these reports enable teachers and the department “to identify areas of improvement and set the direction for evidence-based decisions to aid in the delivery of quality basic education.”
“Since varying forms required by different agencies for diverse purposes continue to emerge, DepEd is relentless in conducting reviews that will further simplify the forms and processes, thereby enabling teachers to focus more on teaching,” it said.
The DepEd added that this is part of the department’s expansion of employee welfare and also in line with the 10-Point Agenda of Education Secretary Leonor Briones.
Below is the list of 10 school forms that teachers still need to fill out, including those needed in Senior High School:
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