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Same old woes for Deped as school opening nears

by Mai Gevera

Davao City (1 June) -- Department of Education in Davao still faces same old problems as before, even getting worst these days.

DepEd district supervisor Helen Paguican, in yesterday's Gikan sa Masa Para sa Masa television program, bared some of the alarming concerns that the department is facing as it opens school year 2010-2011 this June 15.

Lack of school classrooms still tops the list of problems with more than 200 classrooms needed for the elementary level and more than 400 classrooms in the secondary level, in Davao City alone.

Schools also lack toilet rooms with most of them accommodating about 48 students per toilet room. Paguican noted that there are still 247 comfort rooms needed to be constructed in elementary schools, while about 1,218 comfort rooms in secondary schools.

After the turn out of enrolment, DepEd still considers drop-out rate as very alarming. With every 100 male enrollees in Grade 1, only about 64 of them graduate in elementary. Surprisingly, more males drop out from school than females.

Participation rate in the elementary is at 72 percent while the rate in secondary is still quite low at 44 percent.

Paguican urged parents to send their kids to school instead of discouraging them and pushing them to do labor for the family's survival.

The official explained that it may be true that one may still succeed in life even with the lack of an education degree, but she clarified that these are very rare cases. One really has to be educated to be assured of a better future.

"We should view this on a long-term basis. If they really can't send their kids to college, then they should make sure that their kids become productive instead," Paguican said. (PIA XI) [top]

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