• DepEd hires more than 61,000 teachers

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    THE Department Education (DepEd) said that a total of 61, 510 teachers were hired for this school year to finally address the shortage of teachers in public schools.

    “DepEd has hired at least 61, 510 teachers for the fiscal year 2013,” Jesus Mateo, assistant secretary for Planning, told reporters at a press briefing on Monday, adding that the education department has started the hiring of teachers since May 15.

    According to Mateo, teachers’ shortage in public schools stood at 145, 000 since President Benigno Aquino 3rd assumed into office in 2010.

    “A total of 36, 923 teachers were hired by DepEd since 2010 to February 28, 2013,” he said.

    Locally paid teachers
    Mateo also noted that, aside from the teachers hired by the education department, the local government units (LGUs) have hired a total of 37, 000 teachers.

    The DepEd official, however, said they are also considering the absorption of LGU-funded teachers.

    “Our objective by next year is to regularize these LGU-funded teachers,” he said.

    Classroom shortage
    The Education department also said it will be wiping out shortage of classrooms in public schools before the end of the year.

    According to Mateo, classroom shortage stood at 66,800 since 2010 but was cut down after a series of construction of classrooms through the PPP [Public Private Partnership].

    “But we built at least 32,800 classrooms in December 2012. By May 2013, a total of 33,956 classrooms have been constructed,” he said.

    Mateo also said they are currently constructing at least 19, 659 classrooms.

    “Most of these newly built classrooms will be before the opening of classes,” he said.

    DepEd likewise said it will procure at least 20, 498 classrooms for this school year.

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