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“PNoy has failed to solve shortages in public schools”

6 June 2011 4 Comments

In the opening of classes of S.Y. 2011-2012, students of the Batasan Hills National High School in Quezon City had to sit on the floors due to lack of chairs. (Photo by Julie Anne D. Tapit)

As schools opened today for the start of the new school year, a party-list solon criticized the Aquino administration for failing to address the critical shortages of teachers and classrooms in public schools.

ACT Teachers Party-List Representative Antonio Tinio pointed out that the actual conditions revealed on the first day of school belied Department of Education Secretary Armin Luistro’s rosy prediction that critical shortages in education resources would be addressed in two years. “Almost one year after Pres. Aquino assumed the presidency, today’s school opening shows that the new government has failed to solve the lack of teachers, classrooms and other school resources. The shortages are still there, and in some cases have gotten worse.”

Data provided by the Deped shows that for the school year 2011-2012, public schools require an additional 101, 612 regular teachers; 66,800 classrooms; 135,847 comfort rooms; and 2,573,212 chairs. “These figures are as high as they were during the Arroyo administration,” noted Tinio. “The reform and change promised by this administration has not been borne out in education.”

Tinio challenged Pres. Aquino and Sec. Luistro to pay a visit to schools like Payatas B Elementary School in Quezon City, where some Grade 6 classes are held in makeshift classrooms in what should be the school quadrangle, and regular classrooms are partitioned in half to accommodate two classes with 60 to 70 students per class. “They should also visit Batasan Hills National High School, with class sizes averaging at around 90 students, and where some students have to sit on the floor because of the lack of chairs.”

“I challenge them to look these children in the eye and tell them that this is the best that their administration can give them,” said Tinio.

Tinio called on the Aquino administration to allocate additional funds to education. “We are seeing the consequences of this administration’s misplaced funding priorities.” He pointed out that Malacanang allotted a whopping Php 21 billion for its Conditional Cash Transfer program while basic services such as education and health remained grossly underfunded. #


  • No one can forget their school timing..it was so amazing..and the article is very good..and thank you so much for that..

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  • PNoy has just been president for 1 year, you cant expect him to solve all our problems in little span of time, maybe he will solve the shortage next year. There are many problems in the Philippines that any president can’t solve it right away even if he stay in office for years.

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