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PIA Press Release
2008/08/07

DepEd exec clarifies report on barangays without schools

By Alice Nicart

Borongan City (7 August) -- Dr. Nina J. Villalon, Eastern Samar Schools Division Superintendent, disclosed the current status of school-less barangays in the Division and belied previous report in the media about her alleged unawareness about the problem.

The report which was told by a senior staff of a top official in a radio interview doubted, "if the Superintendent and her supervisors are looking into the problem of some school-less barangays in the province" but the lady educator stressed she is very much aware of the problem because together with her supervisors they do conduct regular visits to the different districts and have done some interventions already to the so-called problem.

The consultant specifically mentioned Cagmanaba of Jipapad town and other barangays of Guiuan and Dolores as having no elementary schools despite the presence of school-age children.

"I think the statement was unfair and I only wished the guy consulted the Division Office long before he made his utterances so he could have known our interventions," Dr. Villalon said. "Besides, there are certain guidelines that we follow before opening a school," she added.

A written report furnished of PIA revealed that Cagmanaba, in 2006-2007 was given two permanent teachers who handled multi-grade classes. The following year, the school was granted an additional teacher item, making three teaching force thereat. Last year, with the 233 enrolment, it had a teacher-pupil ratio of 1:78. But with more schools having bigger teacher-pupil ratio and which were not granted additional teachers, these schools were considered in deploying teachers. At present, the report revealed that the Division office has submitted a request already for two extension position to replace the LGU-paid teachers in that school.

The report added that brgy. Tagporo of Guiuan which was also claimed as having no elementary school, is along the paved road from the town proper and is only about 50 meters from the center of brgy. Barbo, to which Tagporo was previously attached; due to its proximity to the complete and mono-grade school, it remained school-less. But, with the request for the opening of a school, the Division Office is deploying one extension position. Barangay San Juan also is awaiting for opening of classes.

The lady Superintendent also stressed that they at DepEd Eastern Samar are in strict compliance with the mandate given them by the Department more so because "Education for all" is one of the targets of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo's SONA. (PIA-Eastern Samar) [top]

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