DepEd to study effectivity of 3-day school week

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Friday, May 30, 2014


THE Department of Education (DepEd) will not yet implement the three-day school week in the most congested schools in Metro Manila this coming School Year 2014-1015 since the effectivity of such has yet to be known.

In a media briefing, Education Assistant Secretary Jesus Mateo said the DepEd is still conducting further studies on the proposed three-day school week for the elementary and high school levels in public schools to ensure its effectiveness to the students.

"Hindi kasi natin pwede basta basta ipatupad ito, nung sinabi naming iyon nung isang araw proposal palang naman iyon," he said.

Mateo said the DepEd will also conduct consultations with the parents and other learning institutions.

On May 28, the DepEd said they are considering three solutions to address the classroom shortage, such as, the three-day school week, school bus transfers and alternative delivery modes in several areas in the National Capital Region (NCR), in Caloocan, Valenzuela, Quezon City, Malabon, Las Pinas, Parañaque, Taguig and Marikina.

However, Mateo said when they said "to address the classroom shortage," it was mainly due to lack of buildable space and it does not necessarily mean that it applies to all schools in the area.

For example, in Quezon City, School A lacks enough classrooms while School B has excess classrooms, the DepEd will allow School A to transfer students to School B to maximize its facilities, the Education official said.

"That is why we are also proposing for the bussing system para ihatid sundo 'yung mga students na na-transfer from School A to School B," Mateo said.

The busing system was already approved by the local government of Valenzuela and is yet to implement in June.

For School Year 2014-2015, according to the DepEd, there were around two million elementary and high school enrollees and 66,532 classrooms in the NCR alone, but would vary in the opening of classes.

Mateo said if the number of students will be divided accordingly, there would be an enough classrooms particularly in the NCR attaining 1:40 to 45, classrooms per students standard ratio. (Sunnex)

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