Red-tagged teachers’ group welcomes Sara Duterte exit from DepEd

Red-tagged teachers’ group welcomes Sara exit from DepEd

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MANILA, Philippines — For the Alliance of Concerned Teachers (ACT), the resignation of Vice President Sara Duterte as head of the Department of Education (DepEd) was a welcome development.

The group described Duterte’s exit from the agency as “one thorn less in the side of the teachers and the education sector.”

“She has not resolved any of the problems of education, instead incessantly Red-tagged ACT for our demands for more teachers and classrooms,” ACT chair Vladimer Quetua said in a statement on Wednesday.

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“She has never sided with our call for a salary increase and better benefits, instead scrambling to secure confidential and intelligence funds for her own political ends,” he added.

Quetua also shared the view that the Vice President’s resignation from her Cabinet post “indicates the worsening rift” between her and President Ferdinand Marcos Jr.

“Whoever replaces her has a big mess to clean up, but we have learned not to place our hopes on politicians and government officials,” he added.

The Teachers’ Dignity Coalition, meanwhile, urged the President not to appoint a politician or a person “actively involved in partisan politics” as the next education secretary.