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Aklan schools ready for school opening

by Venus G. Villanueva

Kalibo, Aklan (1 June) -- All public elementary and secondary schools in Aklan are now ready for the opening of this school year on June 15, 2010.

Aklan Schools Division Superintendent Dr. Victorina Laroza said a major factor that contributed to the preparedness of Aklan public schools in opening their doors to new and combacking pupils and students was the "Brigada Eskwela".

The "Brigada Eskwela" which involves the cleaning up of class rooms and school premises by teachers, parents, students and other well-meaning sectors has been practiced for years in public schools throughout the country weeks before school opening.

Dr. Laroza said that in practicing the "Brigada" in Aklan, some principals and school heads were innovative in enjoining the help of other sectors to help in the clean-up of classrooms and premises and in the repair of chairs, tables and other classroom fixtures.

The "Brigada" was even made more successful here with the adoption by some organizations of schools or classrooms.

"We have long started this "adopt a school or adopt a room scheme to improve our school facilities or premises," Dr. Laroza said. She also added that this scheme also extended to other adoption, like the "Adopt a Team" scheme, with members of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan in Aklan adopting the swimming team of DepEd-Aklan, so they will have better chances in sports competition like the Western Visayas Regional Athletic Association (WVRAA).

In March 2010 when Aklan hosted the 2010 WVRAA, the province of Aklan placed third in the overall standing.

Meanwhile, Dr. Laroza assured that there are enough classrooms and teachers for this school year's surge of students.

Dr. Laroza said that although there are classrooms with big number of students, there are also classes with a ratio of 1:20.

"Classes with bigger number of students coded black or red with a ratio of 1:60 and 1:50 respectively are prioritized by the DepEd for provision of new teacher-items," Laroza said.

Laroza said Aklan gets only as much as 21 teacher-items per school year.

Laroza also said provincial and municipal school boards are very supportive of DepEd-Aklan, by providing salaries of teachers hired under the program. (PIA) [top]

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