By GUIA TRINIDAD, Contributor
Amid the problem on classroom shortages, the Department of Education (DepEd) has instructed its officials to accommodate all children of school age in the more than 45,000 public schools nationwide.
These include all enrollees and transferees with incomplete documents as well as those who were never enrolled or are out of school for years.
“Every Filipino child must be assured of the opportunity to get high quality education that will make him or her, a whole person, a responsible citizen, and lead him or her to a successful entrepreneurial venture,” said Education Secretary Mona Valisno.
Valisno also said that she is counting on the creativity and innovativeness of the school principals and teachers in order to accommodate all those who will enroll, and calls on school heads to work with the community and the private sector in campaigning for more enrollees.
“With your support we can very well go beyond the estimated 23.4 million school children and move towards reaching 100 percent participation,” Valisno said.
She also reminded school officials and parents that even though enrollees with incomplete documents would be accepted, they must still complete the lacking documents as soon as they can.
For those who were out of school, they will be given the accreditation and equivalency test (A&E) to get them back to the mainstream of Education.
PUBLIC TO PRIVATE?
The DepEd has also came up with a way on how to decongest public high schools; the Government Assistance to Students and Teachers in Private Education (GASTPE) will support poor but deserving students to enroll in private high schools. Valisno is positive that the problem on classroom, shortages will be addressed and efforts shall be undertaken to coordinate possible solutions with concerned agencies and patterns like the local government, other government agencies, private businesses, community leaders and private individuals.
DepEd is also opening its Oplan Balik Eskwela – Command Center (OBE-CC) in its national headquarters in Pasig to help parents get their children to school. Similar action-centers are also open in various regional, provincial and city offices of DepEd.
(The writer is a Journalism major at the University of Sto. Tomas)