BACOLOD CITY: The Department of Education (DepEd) in Negros Occidental reported an increase in enrollment in public elementary and high schools for school year 2014-2015.
Provincial Schools Division Superintendent Juliet Jeruta said there is an increase of one percent in the number of enrollees for Grade One and the same increase among first year students this school year.
A total of 232,000 elementary, 92,000 secondary and 31,000 kinder students are expected to troop back to public schools in the province today.
Jeruta said that because of tuition fee increase in private schools, a number of students have opted to study in public schools.
Perennial problems of lack of classrooms, teachers and books are still noted, the DepEd official said.
Jeruta said that last year, they requested 1,600 slots for new teachers but they received an allocation of only 600 slots.
“But we expect that the balance of 600 teachers will be opened for new applicants,” she said.
The ideal teacher to student ratio is 1:45 for elementary and 1:40 for high school.
“In the province, the current ratio is about 1:45,” Jeruta said.
She added, “We still don’t have the number of how many classrooms we need but many sectors are helping us address the problem.”
Jeruta said the DepEd has allocated a certain amount for the construction of classrooms in the province while local government units and non-government organizations have also donated classrooms in areas where there is a need.
Schools that lack classrooms implement shifting, wherein two classes take turns in using a classroom, as a temporarily as a solution.
Jeruta also reminded parents that while schools will still accept late enrollees today, they will no longer accept students after the June 6 deadline. PNA