20 schools planning to adopt 4-day school week-A A +A
Monday, February 24, 2014
AT LEAST 20 schools in the National Capital Region (NCR) are studying the possibility to operate on a four-day school week in the upcoming academic year due to the anticipated heavy traffic during the construction of various infrastructure projects of the government.
During the hearing of House committee on Metro Manila Development, Education Assistant Secretary Tonisito Umali said that though not all educational institution will be badly affected by traffic jams that will be felt by commuters once those projects have already started, some schools already studying the possibility of implementing shortened school day schedule especially those that were located near the areas of construction.
"Since some areas will be affected particularly in the University Belt area, the schools in those place area already studying the option to adapt the four-day school week scheme," Umali said.
A total of 16 major infrastructure projects, such as, new roads and expressways and extension/expansions of Light Rail Transit's Line and 2 are set to pursue this year and expected to affect the traffic situation in several parts of Metro Manila and nearby provinces in the next three to four years.
"We have turned down the proposal for now but we are closely monitoring the effects in the remaining school calendar for we have only five to six weeks left before the end of the school year," Umali said.
He said the Education Department (DepEd) will use the remaining five to six weeks of the current school year to study the effect of the traffic situation especially on the daily activities of the student especially their attendances.
"We need to look for an avenue on how we can work on it. We need to consider the concerns of the affected students and parents on this issue," Umali said.
Several cities are expected to experience "horrible and terrifying" traffic situations especially motorist and commuters plying along the stretch of Edsa.
The DepEd official assured that the agency will seriously study first the scenario before coming up with a decision that can affect the daily life of a student. (Sunnex)