Lack of classrooms

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By Godofredo M. Roperos

Politics also

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

IT IS likely that what the Department of Education (DepEd) 7 fears about the opening of classes at the primary and secondary levels would result in packed schoolrooms.

This is because officials did not act immediately on the problems posed by the twin calamities—an earthquake and a super typhoon--that hit the region in October and November last year.

This article is actually more of a cry for help than a complaint of inaction by our government and people in Central Visayas. Long has the citizens of the region been begging for assistance to rebuild the school buildings and houses that have been destroyed by the twin calamities that were undone by the quake and the strong winds.


But while there were strong positive responses by the victims, the actual deed to realize the pledge have really taken some weeks to do.

Well, the vow to help rebuild the damaged homes and school buildings have not been really fulfilled yet, and so DepEd 7 is challenged by thousands of small kids who may have to begin their initial forage into the learning adventure with an unfortunate disadvantage this year.

The prospect, however, appears to be temporary as the infrastructure of the dilemma seems to be in place, and needs only to be pushed by the truly capable hands that are said “to be all set to welcome about 1.7 million pupils and students.”

According to the DepEd 7 regional director, the enrollment in public schools is expected to go up by two percent in all its 19 divisions despite the challenge of coping with a possible increase of the enrollees and the familiar lack of class rooms, especially in places that wee gravely hit by the earthquake and super typhoon Yolanda.

The regional head said that the increase in enrollment may have been caused by their campaign “to get more out-of-school youths back to school and because of the entry of enrollees in the Alternative Learning System (ALS). There have been a good number of transferees, too.

At the base of this tremendous rise in the number of our youths to be educated, however, is the steady increase of our population. This, in fact, has been the root cause of the long-drawn imbroglio over the Reproductive Health (RH) law that our Church had passionately opposed.

But the more realistic and practical view appeared to have gained the upperhand and the RH bill somehow became a law.

Well, now we are all set to face the proverbial music, so to say, amidst the stern conservative opposition of the church. We have the steady increase in our population and the ever-growing dilemma of meeting the challenge to educate our people through the help of some 44,000 teachers. There too is the prospect of hiring 3,425 more new teachers to meet the shortage in other divisions.

The current challenge is to lessen the problem of the lack of classrooms so children won’t be packed like sardines while learning.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on June 04, 2014.


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