Same old problems hound PH schools, laments lawmaker

ACT Teachers party-list Representative Antonio Tinio said on Sunday that schools will encounter the same problems when classes resume on Monday.

“I think pagbukas ng klase bukas, makikita natin ‘yung mga dati pa ring problema. ‘Yung mga kakulangan sa mga teachers, classrooms at iba pa, hindi pa rin mawawala ‘yan. Makikita natin na malalaki ‘yung class size at iba pa (I think when classes tomorrow, we’ll still see the same old problems – lack of teachers, classrooms and so on. The class sizes are still big),” Tinio said in an interview over DZBB.

He said the lack of classrooms is the main reason why the number of students per classroom could reach up to 60 in some schools.

“It’s big. Even if we compare our country to our neighbors, the number of students per class in the Philippines is relatively bigger,” he said in Filipino.

Tinio cited data from the Department of Education (DepEd) showing that the country still lacks about 18,000 rooms in Metro Manila alone.

He also explained that in the National Capital Region, the shortage of classrooms is due to lack of spaces for constructing more classrooms. He underscored the need to build more classrooms to cater to the corresponding growth in student enrolment across the country,

According to Tinio, DepEd’s budget for schools was not used in full due to the sudden changes in requirements as well as new restrictions for construction.

He likewise noted the problem of government “underspending” in the past two years. /ee

Don’t miss out on the latest news and information.

Subscribe to INQUIRER PLUS to get access to The Philippine Daily Inquirer & other 70+ titles, share up to 5 gadgets, listen to the news, download as early as 4am & share articles on social media. Call 896 6000.