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Balik Eskwela Balik Problema (Video Bisita Eskwela at Pagkilos sa Harap ng Dep Ed Central Office”. June 3 2013

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Bisita Eskwela at Pagkilos sa harap ng Dep Ed. June 3 2013 (click to view the video)

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References: Mr.Benjie Valbuena,  ACT Chairperson
                     0916.229.4515
                     Ms. Zeni Lao, Media Liason
                     0919.819.9890, 0917.499.8608
 
TEACHERS PROTEST PERRENIAL PROBLEMS IN THE EDUCATION SYSTEM
Unresolved!
Teachers and parents are dismayed with the recurring problems in our education system that our government disregards.
“The government concocts policies and programs that never solve the main problem. The Aquino government implemented the K to 12 or the Enhanced Basic Education Act of 2013 (R.A. 10533)despite the fact that shortages still exist,” Mr. Benjamin Valbuena, ACT Chairperson said.
“Balik-eskwela,  balik problema at mas lumalalang problema.”Mr. Valbuena added.
 Almost 23.9 million enrollees will troop to school today, June 3, 2013. Again they will encounter the perennial problems of our education system that is unresolved up to now by the Aquino government.
President Aquino boasts that he is a “pro-education” advocate but it doesn’t show. Still there are shortages of classrooms: 32,644, teachers: 46,567, chairs: 2,500,000, textbooks: 60 million and water & sanitation facilities: 80,937. These are the basic needs of our education system.  Instead of addressing these problems on a social service which is education, the government allocates higher budget for Debt Servicing.
Since 2001 until now, 2013, the government repeatedly violated what the UNESCO set as international standard for education budget, which should be at least 6% of the GDP of the country. This is what our government allocated to the education sector:
Year
2001
2002
2003
2004
2005
2006
2007
2008
2009
2010
2011
2012
2013
DepEd budget
90B
105B
106B
110B
112B
122B
137B
149B
174B
175B
207B
238B
P295B
% share of Deped Budget to GDP
2.5%
2.8%
2.5%
2.3%
2.1%
2.0%
2.1%
2.0%
2.3%
2.8%
2.6%
2.3%
2.5%
According to the ACT TEACHERS Party-list, it is ideal that every barangay should have at least one high school. Citing Deped figures, there were only 7,268 public high schools throughout the country in 2011 compared to 38,351public elementary schools. This shows that there is one public high school for every five elementary schools which therefore imply that 4.6 million children cannot enter high school.  This then becomes part of the 6.24 million out-of-school youth in our country.
“ Instead of building new schools to help solve the problem of the out-of-school youth, the Aquino government increased the budget of Government Assistance to Students and Teachers in Private Education (GASTPE,” Mr. Valbuena commented.  He urged the Aquino administration prioritize education as an important social service and allot the needed budget for this.

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