Pasig School Opening Smooth Despite Rains in Metro
By Jose Rafael Cesar Atencio
June 5, 2012,
QUEZON CITY, June 5 (PIA) — Many schoolchildren in Quezon City, Navotas City, Pateros, and other parts of Metro Manila as well went to public elementary and secondary schools soaking wet due to rainshowers, reports reaching the Department of Education (DepEd) Central Office in Pasig City said.
The rains stopped towards early afternoon yesterday making it comfortable for many students.
DepEd said in a press release that it has almost met all the requirements to ensure that Filipino students to get better education this school year.
Education Assistant Secretary Teresito Umali said the usual concerns of the parents are still the collection of school fees and the transfer of their students from private schools to public schools.
Umali said the department has already addressed the lack of armchairs in schools.
He said some schools still need more classrooms to alleviate overcrowding wing to the huge turn out of students on the first day of school on Monday.
Umali cited the case of Ilugin Elementary School in Pinagbuhatan, Pasig City, which was visited by Education Secretary Armin Luistro, Monday morning.
During his visit, Luistro observed that cramped classrooms have forced school administrators to adopt three shifts instead of two to accommodate the more than 3,000 students.
In Quezon City, the Quezon City Police District (QCPD) fielded 900 personnel in public elementary and high schools in the opening of classes.
QCPD said it was a smooth start with police and barangay officials coordinating security inside and outside the schools.
But at Commonwealth Elementary School in Barangay Commonwealth, some 10,000 students had to cram into classrooms.
While each classroom in the school had a capacity of 50 students, they had to accommodate 70 per classroom. (RJB/JRCA/DEPED-PIA NCR)