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Teachers’ group rues shortage of classrooms, teachers, materials

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By Betheena Kae Unite

 

The Alliance of Concerned Teachers (ACT) claimed yesterday that the Department of Education (DepEd) is not ready for today’s opening of classes due to a shortage of classrooms, facilities, and teachers.

“Teachers and students are again to face the same problems. There are still no sufficient teachers, classrooms, facilities and equipment and other instructional and teaching materials. Several schools have double, even triple shifts,” Benjamin Valbuena, ACT National chairperson, said.

ACT bared that according to the report of Education Secretary Leonor Briones in November, 2016, DepEd is still working to build 113, 995 classrooms, hire 88, 267 teachers,  acquire  235.4 million worth of instructional and other learning materials,  2.2 million school seats and 44, 538 computer packages.

The teachers’ group also said that  teachers are only given limited materials regardless of the number of students.

Representative Antonio Tinio, on the other hand, believes that while the most basic shortage in education in the country are classrooms, he said that the “most significant shortage” in education are the number of out-of-school youths.

He said about 3.4 million children are not able to go to school “due to lack of schools especially in far-flung communities.”

“What’s most important and we need to focus on is the shortage of students,” Tinio said.

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