Bataan, Region 8 ready for classes

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Public elementary and secondary schools in 11 towns in Bataan are ready for the opening of classes on Monday, the provincial office of the Department of Education (DepEd) in Balanga City announced.

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“We are fortunate in Bataan because the big problems suffered by other schools divisions as to the lack of classrooms and teachers are being filled-up by the local government. We are ready for school year 2015-2016,” Dr. Tarcila Javier, Bataan Schools Division Superintendent, said.

For DepEd Region 8, it was announced that there would be no students who were affected by super typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) will attend classes inside classroom tents and temporary learning centers.

DepEd Region 8 Director Luisa Yu said there are enough classrooms for the incoming one million public school students of the region for this school year.

In an email data to The Manila Times, the DepEd-Region 8 reported that 10,978 partially damaged classrooms were already repaired and rehabilitated and at least 2,215 new classrooms have been constructed. There are at least 1,381 classrooms that are currently under construction.

Meanwhile, the student classroom-student ratio in Bataan is pegged at one classroom for 37 elementary school pupils while 39 students can be accommodated in one classroom in secondary schools.

She said that there are 9,029 teachers to attend to expected enrollees of more or less 96,000 children in elementary and kindergarten schools and 46,000 in secondary schools.

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