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Arroyo’s legacy: Php 91.54 billion in shortages

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June 9, 2010

 

 

The Arroyo administration will leave behind shortages of teachers, classrooms, and other critical education resources amounting to Php 91.54 billion.

 

“After nine years in office, the Arroyo government has utterly failed to eliminate shortages of teachers, classrooms, textbooks, sanitation facilities, and other critical resources in our public schools,” said Alliance of Concerned Teachers national chairperson Antonio Tinio.

 

Tinio noted that for the incoming school year 2010-2011, there will be a shortage of 54,060 teachers, 4,538 principals, and 6,473 headteachers; 61,343 classrooms, 816,291 seats, and 113,051 water and sanitation facilities. The Department of Education will also need an additional Php 400 million to address the textbook shortage. “All in all, the DepEd needs an additional Php 91.54 billion over and above its current budget to address all of these resource gaps.” [See table below.]

 

“It’s budgetary policy prioritizing debt servicing and reducing real spending on education has been primarily responsible for creating this situation,” explained Tinio.

 

Tinio noted that the Arroyo administration’s efforts to address the shortages throughout its term have been inadequate. “It’s true that the Arroyo government has been hiring 10,000 teachers and constructing 3,000 or so classrooms annually. However, these efforts are not enough compared to the sheer size of our enrolment. As a result, public school education in the Arroyo years is characterized by oversized classes with 60 or more students, contributing to a further decline in the quality of education.”

ACT called on the incoming administration of President-elect Noynoy Aquino to take on the challenge of eliminating the shortages once and for all. “It can’t be business as usual. We need a government that will provide adequate teachers, classrooms, and textbooks to our children. The Aquino government must turn it’s back on the policy of budget cuts and debt servicing above all. As a first step, we challenge the Aquino to pass a supplemental budget that will substantially address the Php 91.54 billion in shortages. Otherwise, we won’t be able to break out of this education crisis,” said Tinio. #

 

Estimated Shortages of Crucial Resources, School Year 2010-2011

 

Resource

Provided in 2010 budget

Cost in Php (Billions)

Shortage

Cost in Php (Billions)

Teachers

10,000

1.32

54,060

8.04

Principals

2,000

0.39

4,538

0.89

Head Teachers

0

0.00

6,473

0.49

Classrooms

5,538

3.60

61,343

39.87

Textbooks

n/a

2.05

n/a

0.40

Seats

887,000

0.89

816,291

0.82

Water and Sanitation Facilities

6,226

2.26

113,051

41.03

Total

 

10.51

 

91.54

 

ACT estimates based on data from Department of Education, FY 2010 Budget Proposal, September 2009.

 

 

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