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DepEd Region 02 assures ‘enough’ teacher items for SY 2018-2019

TUGUEGARAO CITY, Philippines- Department of Education Cagayan Valley assured that there will be no shortage in the number of teachers in public schools for this upcoming school year.

DepEd regional information officer Ferdinand Narciso said more than 81,000 teacher items have been approved for the region alone.

Narciso said the teaching items were proportionately distributed among the divisions of Region 02.

The official said the number of items were derived from the region’s needs in an attempt to solve the problem on lack of teachers in schools.

In Santiago City, some 91 teaching items for the elementary level were approved. Yet, Division Information Officer Cheryl Ramiro said only 73 applicants were qualified. Some of the excess items, she said, might be given to the city’s secondary schools.

“Yan po ang naging problema ngayon eh. Maraming items tayo pero qualified applicants ang kulang,” DepEd 02 Assistant Regional Director Arnulfo Balane told reporters.

Balane said the ideal ratio of teachers to students is 1:40 per class and the maximum ratio is 1:56 per class.

Meanwhile, the ideal teacher to student ratio for SPED classes for sped differently-abled learners is 1:3; but Balane said the region is having difficulty to satisfy this number.

Nahihirapan kami ngayon. Kakaunti sa DepEd ang kumukuha ng special education na pokus sa differently-abled learners. Marami ang SPED for advanced pero SPED for differently-abled nahihirapan kami.

With this, DepEd assured all schools will be ready for the start of classes on Monday, June 6, as the region conducts the community-based Brigada Eskwela.

Classrooms, restrooms

Last March, DepEd prescribed ideal classroom to student ratios for public schools.

While the region admits there are shortages of classrooms in some schools despite construction of additional classrooms by the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), there are other schools that have “surplus” of rooms and other resources.

Balane did not give figures but they assured that the shortage of classrooms is “not significant” considering the “overall distribution of classrooms” throughout the region.

The official added that the region is doing its best to “balance distribution of resources.”

He said they hope to address all issues by the end of July.

Meanwhile, Narciso said interventions such as sharing or donating excess resources can be made in an inter-school level to solve problems on lack of resources.

Comfort rooms on the other hand will be inspected by Brigada Eskwela validating teams as part of DepEd’s implementation of their water, sanitation, and hygiene in schools (WASH) program.

DepEd said provisions will be set to check the cleanliness, orderliness, functionality, and sanitation of restrooms.

Teams from DepEd Region 02 will also look if the comfort rooms are gender-responsive and ecologically-friendly.

“Hindi lang po yung outsourcing of water kundi pati rin yung potability of water isasama natin sa probisyon at validation,” Narciso said.

The 2018 Brigada Eskwela kicked off on Monday, May 28, and will run until Saturday, June 2. Northernforum.net

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