Faculty squeeze in tertiary dept ‘normal’ in K to 12 transition

Each college acknowledged the lack of professors in some programs and its cause: the transition to K-12.

The first year of the K to 12 transition saw major impacts to the University’s tertiary department, particularly the teaching force.

A number of professors resigned or were displaced from their teaching posts in the tertiary level as the senior high school opens. This led to delay in the start of some of the classes with instructors unavailable for at least three weeks into the start of the academic year.

Each college acknowledged the lack of professors in some programs and its cause — the transition to K to 12.

“I think all schools are affected by the transition to the K to 12 program. One of the primary issues we encountered, as deans, is that some of our faculty members resigned at the time that the teaching schedules have already been distributed three or four days before the opening of classes giving us no time to search for replacements,” Dean Celeste Yanzon of the College of Business Management and Accountancy (CBMA) remarked.

Similarly, Silvino Balasta, Jr., the department chair of Social Sciences in the College of Arts, Sciences, and Education (CASE) maintained that most of the departing employees did not notify their office in time, adding that some even notified as late as the enrollment period was ongoing.

“Most of those that resigned were not full-time professors but were part-timers who then decided to pursue full-time jobs at public senior high schools due to higher salary,” Engr. Javier R. Vicera, the dean of the College of Engineering Architecture and Fine Arts, said.

Unlike the other colleges, the College of Health Sciences (CHS) affirms that they were not critically affected in terms of faculty.

“There are no problems with the availability of the professors or schedules. We already devised a plan beforehand, along with the fact that our college is small in population to begin with,” said Dean Vicente Peralta of CHS.

“This problem is normal for this type of transition. Our current solution is hiring new faculty. We already have several new professors and they’ve started teaching the subjects assigned to them. However, as students have noticed, they are still not enough. Balasta explained.

Classes that were dissolved because the school was still unable to hire instructors had scholars concerned about their scholarship’s retention.

In a student convocation, Dean Marytina Raquel Bonganay of CASE assuaged the concerns saying that the dissolved classes will be replaced by other offerings in the same curriculum so that they will still meet the required number of units they need. ■