DepEd-NCR plagued by shortage of teachers

By TONY PE. RIMANDO June 3, 2004, 8:00am

QUEZON CITY ² The Department of Education (DepEd) in the National Capital Region (NCR) will experience an acute shortage of public school teachers when school year 2004-2005 opens on June 7 for elementary schools and June 21 for secondary schools. Dr. Corazon Santiago, DepEd NCR director, said almost all Metro Manila¶s 476 public elementary school and 157 public high schools will need additional teachers owing to the annual increase of enrollments in the two school levels. Santiago said NCR¶s educational data show a projected shortage of at least 2,938 school mentors broken down to 2,329 for secondary schools and 609 for elementary schools. According to Santiago, among Metro Manila¶s 12 schools divisions, Manila, Quezon City, Pasay City and Caloocan City will need the most number of additional elementary and secondary school mentors. The DepEd NCR chief said the other schools divisions ± namely, Manda-luyong City, Muntinlupa City, Marikina City, Pasig City ± San Juan and Taguig ± are also expected to face lack of teachers due to their respective rise of school population in basic education. Lorna Madrid, DepEd NCR regional planning officer, said Metro Manila has currently a total of 44,835 public school mentors ± 28,303 of them deployed in gradeschools and 16,492 in high schools. Madrid said the various local government units (LGUs) in the region have been assisting the DepEd regional office solve its yearly teacher-need problem by hiring additional mentors depending on the availability of funds of their local school boards. Earlier, the Pasig City-based DepEd Central Office projected an NCR total enrollment in basic education for the coming school year at 1,146,000 for public elementary schools and 618,443 for high schools. According to the DepEd, Metro Manila¶s projected enrollment in elementary schools is broken down to 232,845 in Grade One; 196,923, Grade Two; 185,377, Grade Three; 182,888, Grade Four; 175,940 Grade Five, and 172,027, Grade Six.

classrooms.060 teachers. based on DepEd?s 2010 budget proposal. ?All in all. there will be a shortage of 54. We need a government that will provide adequate teachers.? he added. sanitation facilities. the Arroyo government has utterly failed to eliminate shortages of teachers. ?It?s true that the Arroyo government has been hiring 10.54 billion in shortages. ?As a first step.? Tinio said. classrooms.GMA leaves with classroom. 816. ?It can?t be business as usual. these efforts are not enough compared to the sheer size of our enrollment. and 6.54 billion over and above its current budget to address all of these resource gaps.? He noted that the Arroyo administration?s efforts to address the shortages throughout its term have been inadequate. teacher shortages By Philip Tubeza Philippine Daily Inquirer First Posted 11:46:00 06/09/2010 Filed Under: Education. Philippines?The Arroyo administration will leave behind shortages of teachers. and 113. Tinio said the government?s budgetary policy prioritizing debt servicing and reducing real spending on education was ?primarily responsible for creating this situation. ?As a result. contributing to a further decline in the quality of education.? he added. and other critical resources in our public schools.? Tinio said. public school education in the Arroyo years is characterized by oversized classes with 60 or more students. . Schools.000 teachers and constructing 3.54 billion.473 head teachers.538 principals. ACT national chairperson Antonio Tinio said that for the incoming school year 2010-2011. we challenge the Aquino administration to pass a supplemental budget that will substantially address the P91. However.000 or so classrooms annually. textbooks. 4. He said that the Department of Education (DepEd) will also need an additional P400 million to address the textbook shortage.051 water and sanitation facilities. we won?t be able to break out of thiseducation crisis.? he added.343 classrooms. classrooms.? Tinio said.291 seats. and other critical education resources amounting to P91. The Aquino government must turn its back on the policy of budget cuts and debt servicing above all. 61. Government MANILA. the DepEd needs an additional P91. Tinio called on the incoming administration of President-elect Noynoy Aquino to take on the challenge of eliminating the shortages once and for all. the Alliance of Concerned Teachers (ACT) said. ?After nine years in office. Otherwise. and textbooks to our children.

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