In line with the upcoming resumption of classes in June, the Department of Education (DepEd) assures parents that they are done in restoring most of the public schools that were damaged by previous typhoons.
According to DepEd Usec. Tonisito Umali, an estimate of 48,000 public elementary and high schools are in need of further assistance, particularly of water services and school equipment.
“Meron na lang ilang na kailangan ng tulong in terms of lack of water services. May iba may pangangailangan pa rin ng karagdagan upuan, karadagdagan aklat,” Umali said during DZRH’s One On One. (Some still need assistance in terms of lack of water services. Others need additional seats, additional books.)
“Generally, we’re very happy to sure that almost all of our schools are ready to take care of our schools,” Umali added.
The DepEd expects that about 27.7 million high school and elementary students will be enrolled in both private and public schools for the school year of 2018-2019.
Last school year, the Education department registered about 27 million enrollment from kindergarten to senior highschool in both private and public schools all over the Philippines.
Umali added that public schools will start their classes on June 4, while private school are allowed to resume classes any day before August 23.
Meanwhile, The DepEd undersecretary also announced that most schools in the Philippines have achieved the ideal 1:40 classroom/teacher-student ratio.
However, in some areas particularly in congested areas in Metro Manila, they have yet to achieve the ideal classroom, teacher-student ratio.
Umali explained that this is due tot he lack of buildable space for the construction of additional classrooms.
“On nationwide average, mas mababa pa sa ideal 1:40. Pero sa kalakhang Manila, inaamin natin na marami pa rin lugar na mas mataas. Mahigit sa kwarenta, meron pang mas mahigit sa singkwenta, meron pang mahigit sa sisenta,” Umali said. (On nationwide average, it it lower than the ideal 1:40. However in Metro Manila, we admit that many areas have a higher (classroom/teacher-student ratio). More than 40 (students), more than 50, more than 60.)