As the resumption of classes starts on June 4, the Department of Education (DepEd) predicts about 27,757,546 enrollments for the school year 2018-2019 from kindergarten level up to senior high-school level.
According to DepEd Usec. Tonisito Umali, out of the said number, about 23.4 million students is the projected enrollments for public schools while 4.1 million students is expected to enroll in private schools.
“Yung papasok sa June 4, at kung may sasabay na ilang taga-private school natin, ay hindi bababa sa 23.4 milllion,” Umali said during DZRH’s One On One.
In line with this, Umali assures that all 46,815 public schools in the Philippines are prepared to accept all kindergarten, elementary, junior and senior high-school students.
The education undersecretary added that there are also ongoing Balik Eskwela and Brigada Eskwela activities in order to ensure the readiness of the classrooms for the incoming students.
Umali further revealed that they also categorized schools based on their compliance to the ideal ratio of 1 teacher/classroom per 40 learners for the elementary to senior high-school level, and 1 teacher/classroom per 25 students in the kindergarten level.
“Kung lumampas sa numero na binanggit ko, sinasabi natin ‘nearly ready’ basta nandoon sila tolerable level na 41 to 50. Kapag lumagpas na ng 50, we call them ‘they need support’ itong mga paaralan.” Umali explained.
Umali claimed that only 1.96% of all public elementary schools were classified as ‘needing support’, while 4.84% of all schools with a junior high-school level and 9.74% of all schools with a senior high-school level were given the same designation.
Other than teachers and classrooms, the Education department also considered whether public schools were following the ideal ratio of one toilet per 50 students, along with availability of electricity and water in the building, during their assessment.
“Sa palikuran, one is to fifty is ready, lumagpas ng 50 hanggang 60 is nearly ready, kapag lumagpas ng 60 is needs support.” Umali added.