DepEd readies to resume Zambo classes-A A +A
Friday, September 20, 2013
ZAMBOANGA CITY – Education Secretary Armin A. Luistro said the Department of Education (DepEd) is preparing to resume classes in the city next week.
“We are currently preparing, with our division personnel, principals, and teachers to be ready for school opening as soon as the Crisis Management Committee declares it safe to do so. Based on our assessment 80% of public schools can resume classes,” Luistro's statement in DepEd's website.
Classes in Zamboanga City were suspended since September 9, due to the ongoing standoff between members of Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) and government forces.
The city has 205 public schools, 13 of which are being used as evacuation centers for the affected families.
DepEd division officials said 167 schools can already resume classes next week, if the Crisis Management Committee will give them a go signal.
However, Luistro said affected students and teachers still need to undergo psychosocial intervention and debriefing.
“On the first day back teachers need to do a headcount of their students first and assess if intervention is needed. The following days should also be devoted to planning by the principals to organize make-up classes,” he added.
Undersecretary for Regional Operations Rizalino Rivera said an estimated 12,000 number of students will need to undergo Alternative Delivery Modes (ADM) or non-traditional means of learning for the next three months because their schools have been affected by the crisis.
He said they have 253 personnel trained on psychosocial intervention in August, but 53 of them were directly affected by the tension in the city.
He said they will tap volunteers from other regions to assist.
DepEd is also set to establish temporary learning spaces in non-school evacuation centers. (NMP/Sunnex)