DepEd: Students crowding big public schools

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Friday, May 23, 2014


WHILE the Department of Education (DepEd) in Davao Region has a dilemma on lack of classrooms and chairs, another problem has surfaced: population of some schools is dropping because parents would insist on enrolling their children in the bigger public schools.

“Daghan kaayo ta eskwelahan sa Davao City and even sa Davao region nga nagkulang sa mga bata because there are some of our parents nga bisan ang ilang skwelahan naa lang sa ilang tugkaran, adto gyud sa layo nila paeskwelahon (There are schools with more classrooms than children because some of parents prefer to send their children to schools in downtown area),” said Jenelito “Dodong” Atillo, DepEd-Davao spokesperson.

“Example, Kapitan Tomas, Magallanes, Davao City High, and other schools in downtown areas where there are malls. Everybody really wants to flock to these schools. Daghan kaayo ug magpaeskwela diri bisan pa sila lumulupyo sa Toril, Mandug, sa Lasang nga daghan skwelahan maagihan didto sa ilaha (Parents enroll their children in these schools although they live in Toril, Mandug, or Lasang where there are also a number of public schools),” he added.

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While schools in downtown areas lack chairs and classrooms, Atillo said schools in far-flung areas lack students.

For Davao City alone, the number of classroom need reaches as high as 1,011 for elementary schools and 550 for secondary schools.

Based on their observation, Atillo said parents thought these schools in downtown areas are classified as “semi-private.”

“There’s no such thing nga ang public school is semi private because ang classification ana kung public ka, public ka. Kung private ka, private ka. Siguro naay kalainan sa ilang programa, pero ang pag bansay ana sa mga magtutudlo when it comes to know how and capability, walay kalainan (A public school is a public school, and a private school is a private one. There might be some difference on their programs but teachers get uniform trainings),” he said.

“This is creating an abnormal need, an abnormal scarcity, and an abnormal problem,” Atillo said.

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on May 24, 2014.

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