Public schools in the province are still lacking 1,800 classrooms in the coming school opening on August 29, Ian Arnaez, information officer of the Department of Education- Division of Negros Occidental, said Thursday, August 24.
He said schools that lack rooms are located in poblacions of different towns in the province.
Ideally, the student-teacher ratio is one teacher to 45 students, he said.
Arnaez said that right now the student-to-teacher ratio in the division is one teacher to 50 students.
DepEd is addressing the problem by opening up additional teaching positions and partnering with the private sector to put up more classrooms, he pointed out.
Arnaez also said DepEd released funds for the repair of several schools especially those affected by calamities.
"Schools also utilize libraries and seldom-used rooms even the office of the principal to provide more classrooms," he said.
As of August 23, there are already 234,000 students that have enrolled in public schools under the Division of Negros Occidental.
He said that enrollment is still ongoing until Friday, August 25.
However, late enrollees will still be accepted within the first two months of the school year, he also said.
The division covers 19 towns and Talisay City.
Arnaez said that all public schools in the province are ready for the opening of classes on August 29.*