• 50 schools flooded in Maguindanao, DepEd-ARMM takes measures to continue classes

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    COTABATO CITY: The floods that engulfed Maguindanao low lying communities has also taken its toll on public schools and students, officials said Saturday.

    At least 50 public schools have been submerged by floodwater that inundated 26 municipalities in Maguindanao, according to Jamar Kulayan, Department of Education in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (DepEd-ARMM) regional secretary.

    He said as a result, more than 10,000 pupils and about 200 teachers were affected.

    A low pressure area triggered torrential rains in Maguindanao and nearby provinces triggering floods in low lying towns around the 220,000-hectare Maguindanao marshland.

    The 26 towns remained flooded and the province had been placed under state of calamity by the Maguindanao provincial board Friday.

    Kulayan said the floods had been there for a week now and had been making life difficult among students, teachers and parents.

    But only few schools have suspended classes, Kulayan said.Despite the floods, Kulayan said there were efforts to allow the continuation of classes even in flooded schools and school grounds.

    The floods, a perennial problem in Maguindanao’s low lying communities, did not hinder the education department to continue classes.

    “We have what we call education during emergencies,” Kulayan told reporters.

    “We have schools, although flooded, have taken options like holding classes in elevated area of the school grounds,” he added.

    As future steps, Kulayan said the construction of public schools should be in elevated areas or its ground level is higher but it needs additional budgetary requirements.

    He said if inclement weather continues more schools and pupils will be affected.

    As of posting, Maguindanao is experiencing on and off rain. PNA

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