• San Juan to build more classrooms

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    THE San Juan City (Metro Manila) government bared plans to build more classrooms this year in a bid to fully address overcrowding in schools.

    Mayor Guia Gomez, who is now on her third and final term as local chief executive, said the city government plans to construct a second high school building at F. Manalo Street to decongest the city’s only secondary school, the Pinaglabanan High School.

    “We have six elementary schools, but we only have one high school which can accommodate only 1,500 students. To date, our high school enrolees have reached 8,700 – it’s more than double. For now what we have are two shifts of classes for our high school students, which is not really ideal for secondary education,” Gomez said over the weekend.

    She said the city government also plans to build school buildings for the senior high school, science high school, and technical vocational track.

    “We will build all these [school buildings]at the 7,000 square meter lot in front of the St. Joseph Ville,” she said.

    Gomez earlier admitted that they do not yet have classrooms for the senior high school students this school year. She said the city’s Grade 11 students are now temporarily attending classes at the Polytechnic University of the Philippines-San Juan.

    The mayor expressed confidence that the construction of additional school buildings will begin soon.

    “We will start this as soon as possible with the help of other government agencies like the Department of Education and the Department of Public Works and Highways,” Gomez said.

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