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contracts in a private school setting 5 years 9 months ago #14800

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good evening. i am a private high school teacher and i have several concerns about our contract with the school. this is my 6th year of teaching in the private school and should be my last year as per end of contract on march 2015. we usually sign 2-yr contracts, and that was true up to the last contract that i signed as of june of 2013. the contract i signed was dated june 2013 to march 2014; and june 2014 to march 2015. now i want to resign on march 2015, but the principal threatened me that i have to pay a P70,000 contract bond because according to her, the last conract that i signed was good for three years (up to march 2016). i insisted (and i am sure of it) that i signed a 2-yr contract, not a 3-yr one. but she insists that it was a mistake, that it should be 3 years. that was a surprise, of course. when i objected that i signed only a 2-yr contract she said that she could easily just alter the year from 2015 to 2016. i don't know how, and when i aksed the office of the registrar for a copy of my contract, she refused to provide me one and told me that i should ask the principal first. now, my questions are: (1) is it legal to alter a contract once it has already been signed? what will happen if they alter the contract? (2) am i bound by the contract bond of P70,000 even if i resign on march 2015? (3) i know i have the right to access my signed contract but do they have a right to hide it from me or to keep me from having a copy of it? (4) what can i do and what are my rights regarding this matter? thank you so much and i appreciate your quick response to this matter.
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1. No, it is not legal to make modifications on the contract contrary to the stipulations of the parties. If they alter the contract, the alteration is void.

2. No, usually, a bond is given as a security before the start of the contract. Maybe the principal mistook the damages as bond.

3. No.

4. You can resign anytime you want. You just need to render the necessary notice of 30 days before you resign.
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Thank you so much for responding. This is a great help and a clear addition to my knowledge and understanding of my rights! Thanks again and may you continue in helping other people. God bless you!
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