Utilize unused govt buildings as classrooms, priest tells DepEd

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Grade school pupils of Bitan-o Elementary School, Sorsogon City. BICOLTODAY.COM PHOTO
Elementary School Pupils. PHOTO BY BICOLTODAY.COM

MANILA (06-June-12) – A Catholic priest urged the Department of Education (DepEd) to maximize unused buildings owned by the government as a solution to classroom shortages.

Fr. Conegundo Garganta, executive secretary of CBCP youth commission suggested to DepEd Asec. Jesus Mateo during a press briefing in Intramuros that the government agency must utilize unused buildings to address classroom shortages and so that they can also focus on other problems.

The priest also urged the agency to find solutions on problems such as lack of seats, blackboards and teachers in every school here in the country so that the K-12 program of the government will have a high success rate at the end of every school year.

“The K to 12 program is a new program that can help our students to be more knowledgeable on their lessons but we need to prioritize first the problems of lack of classrooms, chairs, blackboards and teachers,” Garganta said.

He expressed approval on the schools’ tie-up with the government on subsidies for students and teachers.

The priest also suggested an annual inventory of work force in the country.

“Our major and principal resource is the human resource. With this, DepEd must review the inventory of work force so that after a student finishes his studies, [he] can land a job. This is also a way to lessen unemployment in the country”, He added.

Successful rate

Garganta said that if the government only had to test run the program before it will be implemented, it will have a satisfactory rating for success.

“As of now, we can see that the government will have a hard time to implement it and there will be so much effort from their end. But if they did a pilot run first before its implementation, they can already see errors or difficulties that they have to overcome during its implementation,” Garganta added.

He hopes that the government will further study the program and help the teachers by giving extensive trainings in its implementation. (Jandel Posion)

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