BACOLOD CITY, May 26 (PNA) — Undersecretary Mario Derequito of Department of Education (DepEd) said they are not turning a blind eye on the country’s perennial problem on lack of teachers and classrooms.
Derequito, who was here recently for a random inspection, assured the public that addressing the two most common problems is a priority.
In fact, Derequito said they have established 32,000 classrooms nationwide from January 2010 up to December of 2012 in response to 60,000 classrooms needed.
This year, Derequito said they are set to construct 40,000 more classrooms wherein 3,000 of which will be in Western Visayas.
As to the lack of teachers, Derequito said they have hired 61,510 new teachers for school year 2013-2014 in line with the implementation of K+12 program of the Aquino administration.
Of the newly hired teachers, 4,000 were assigned in various public elementary schools in the region, he said.
Despite this, however, the region still needs 2,058 more teachers, according to DepEd Regional Director Mildred Garay, and this is what they are trying to work out this year. (PNA)