Teacher Quality: Selection and Tenure
Tenure is awarded to protect academic freedom. Tenure is meant to protect educators. Professors with tenure cannot be easily dismissed. One exception is when an academic program is discontinued or when an academic department is eliminated. In this case, dismissal applies to all, tenured and non-tenured faculty. In the Philippines, with its first year of 11th grade in basic education, college enrollments are dramatically down, which has led to the dismissal of instructors in college. Rene Luis Tadle shares the following on Facebook:
In response, Philippines' Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello has vowed to investigate immediately cases where college faculty members have been dismissed because of DepEd's K to 12. Educators do need the protection of tenure. And this protection is needed because educators are key to the quality of education.
Of course, tenure exists to preserve quality as well. For this reason, a clear demonstration of one's productivity is important to receive tenure. Although teacher groups in the Philippines are justified to defend tenure, one must not go as far as destroying what is required to get tenure. It is therefore rather confusing that some would ask for the probationary period to be decreased as reported by the Varsitarian of the University of Santo Tomas.
Teacher quality depends on selection and tenure. This principle applies not only to higher education but also basic education. In a recent report published by the National Center on Education and the Economy, essential characteristics of teachers in high performing educational systems have been identified.
|Above copied from NCEE|