Armm to solve classroom shortage by 2016-A A +A
By Bong Garcia
Sunday, January 26, 2014
THE Department of Education (DepEd) in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (Armm) is preparing for a smooth transition to the new Bangsamoro government.
DepEd Secretary Jamar Kulayan said the agency is addressing the issue on classroom gaps by 2016.
“There are 400 school-less communities around the region. Initially, we were able to build 1,110 learning centers in these areas while we are evaluating the possibility of constructing additional school buildings,” Kulayan said.
Kulayan said that closed to 700 classrooms are now 100 percent completed, representing around 65 percent of the targeted 1,032 new classrooms to be build for 2012.
He said there are ongoing 1,000 classroom rehabilitations and 500 new classroom constructions for the year 2013.
He said the purging of ghost teachers and pupils has helped curb the problem on teacher and classroom shortage and allowed resources to be spent accordingly.
Armm comprises of the provinces of Maguindanao, Lanao del Sur, Basilan, Sulu, Tawi-Tawi and the cities of Marawi and Lamitan and has a total of 800,000 students enrolled in various schools in the region.