Lack of electricity, water and books challenge school opening – DepEd
Marje Pelayo • May 28, 2018 • 6583
PASIG CITY, Philippines – The Department of Education (DepEd) is confident that majority of schools across the country are all set for the opening of classes this June.
However, the agency admits that some schools especially those in remote areas in the country still lacks electricity and water supply.
Nevertheless, DepEd Undersecretary Tonisito Umali assured that they are coordinating with concerned local governments and stakeholders to address the matter.
“We engage with a foundation where they put solar panels. We engage in organizations where they give solar- powered battery packs…We try to come up with the water-catching facilities and we engage with the local water districts. Hopefully they will be able to provide water connection to our schools,” Umali said.
Aside from electricity and water problems, DepEd also noted that some schools are still lacking in book supplies due to a shortfall in printing for this school year 2018 to 2019.
“Dahil binago iyong curriculum, wala pong sumasali. O may sumasali man, hindi pumapasa sa paggawa ng aklat natin…Maaaring may manuscript pero walang nag- bid para i-imprenta ito.” Umali explained.
(Because there were changes in the curriculum, no one joined [the bidding]. If there were any, they did not pass our publishing standards. There may be a manuscript, but no one is bidding to have it printed.)
But the agency assured that they have enough number of teachers for the opening of classes. To date, DepEd has achieved the standard teacher to student ratio which is 1:25 for kindergarten; 1:35 for elementary and 1:45 for high school. — Aiko Miguel | UNTV News & Rescue
MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Education (DepEd) is considering hiring teaching assistants or para-teachers to help parents who are not capable of monitoring and guiding their children in the new normal set up this coming school year.
Para-teachers will facilitate lessons of students outside the classroom as well as provide administrative support to the Department.
However, the DepEd said the plan is still under discussion with regard to its implementation and how it will be of help in the current situation of learners.
Specifically, DepEd is looking at the number of students who need the assistance of para-teachers.
“Una po ide-determine namin kung ilang bata ang walang paggabay o hindi kayang gabayan ng kanilang mga magulang at ilan naman ang avilable na parateachers sa isang barangay,” noted DepEd Undersecretary Revsee Escobedo said.
(We have to determine first the number of students whose parents are unable to guide them and the number of available parateachers in each barangay.)
“Kung mas marami ang supply ng parateachers sa isang barangay pwede namin i-strategize kung papaano ang pagpunta sa bahay-bahay ng mga parateachers,” he added.
(If a barangay has many para-teachers available, we can strategize as to how they will be able to conduct house to house visits.)
If the plan pushes through, DepEd will hire unemployed education graduates to serve as para-teachers. MNP (with reports from Joan Nano)
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