THE Department of Education (DepEd) in Western Visayas is now ready for the opening of classes in all public elementary and high schools on June 3.
The announcement was made after DepEd Undersecretary Mario Deriquito with Regional Director Mildred Garay went around Negros Occidental for two days that ended yesterday with the culmination of the five-day “Brigada Eskwela.”
All over Western Visayas, 1 million elementary pupils and 500,000 high school students are expected to be back to school on June 3, Garay said.
The shortage of classrooms, Deriquito said, has been addressed by the government by building thousands of additional classrooms all over the country.
In terms of teachers’ shortage, 61,000 teachers were hired this year all over the country with 4,000 of them hired in Western Visayas in line with the implementation of the K to 12 program.
In fact, Deriquito said, a 1-is-to-30 (1:30) teacher to student ratio can be observed this school year.
He also said that other problem being addressed by the government in several schools nationwide is the lack of toilets.
However, Garay said that in Negros Occidental, lack of toilets is no longer a problem and in fact she said that each classroom has its individual toilets aside from common toilets inside every school campus. (TDE)