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2007/06/07

Smooth opening of classes in Dumaguete, reports DepEd

By Rachelle Nessia

Dumaguete City (7 June) -- The opening of classes in Dumaguete City went smoothly with no hitches nor any untoward incidents, said City Schools Division Superintendent Licerio Napao.

More than 16,000 students in Dumaguete City trooped to their classes when the public elementary and high schools in the city opened its doors on June 4.

Records from the City DepEd office show that enrollment in the public elementary level as of June 4, 2007 total to 11,757 compared to the 12,629 last year.

At the public high school level, 4,450 have been enrolled as of June 4 compared to the 4,900 last year.

But Napao expects this year's enrollment to still go up due to late enrollees.

DepEd Secretary Jesli Lapus has earlier said he expects few problems on the first day of classes, owing to the inter-agency efforts initiated by DepEd and the Oplan Balik Eskwela Command Center.

Napao added that shortage of teachers is not a problem in the city. "We have enough teachers here," he said.

Classroom shortage, on the other hand, is a different story as public high schools in the city are short of 15 rooms.

In the elementary level, only the Batinguel Elementary School needs an additional classroom, said Napao.

The government has put the usual school opening problems such as classroom, textbook and teacher shortages among its priority concerns this year.

The classroom to pupil per student shortage will be zero based on classroom-student ratio of 1:50 with double shift for elementary except for isolated cases where local conditions prevent double shifts.

With a high budget for 2007, DepEd hired 16,390 additional public school teachers to attain a 1:45 teacher to pupil ratio in all public schools nationwide and fill up the shortage of teachers within the year.

DepEd was also able to arrange for the construction of 6,000 additional classrooms that will hopefully be completed by the end of the year. (PIA/RMN) [top]

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