DepEd: Looking forward to solve shortages

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ZAMBOANGA CITY/24 February 2014 by Rominalyn Tan Sayson–The Department of Education is looking forward to solve shortages in physical facilities not only in urban areas but most especially in rural areas, said Simplicio F. Bazan, Education Program Supervisor (EPS) for Division Physical Facilities and Technology and Livelihood Education (TLE).

Physical facilities include classrooms, school buildings, seating facilities and water sanitation (WatSan) for toilets. “We are also looking forward to solve shortages on blackboards, teacher’s tables and chairs. In fifty sets, one set is for teacher’s table and chair,” Bazan added.

According to Bazan, almost all schools in rural and urban areas have issues in the education sector most especially when it comes to physical facilities .  He added however that an exception would be big schools like Vitali because they are experiencing shortages in classrooms due to the K-12 program.  The better solution is to give them another building, he said.

Poverty is most severe and most widespread in rural areas. Agriculture is the primary and often only source of income for rural people most of them depend on subsistence farming and fishing for other livelihood. Before, education was undeveloped, a number of teachers were assigned to far flung areas, managing classes with few teaching materials, less educational gadgets, and other learning facilities, and these are among the factors why literacy rate in Mindanao is going down.

In an article of Dr. Jose Rene C. Gayo, FPD President, that was published in the Philippine Daily Inquirer on Sunday November 3, 2013, it was stated that among rural and urban areas, in Western Mindanao Region, for example had a literacy rate of 65% as compared with 90% of Central Luzon and 95% for Metro Manila. A survey of elementary school graduates taken in the mid- 1970s indicated that many of the respondents had failed to absorb much of the required course work and further revealed major deficiencies in reading, mathematics, and language. Performance was poorest among respondents from Mindanao and only somewhat better from the Visayan Islands, whereas the best performance was in the Central Luzon and Southern Tagalog Regions.

“But nowadays, education of students from rural area has improved. The government has allocated enough funds for the development of education in far-flung areas. Many teachers are assigned to these areas, educational gadgets are available, and teaching materials and facilities are provided. Thus, education of students from rural areas is already improving,” said Joycelyn G. Delvo, an Education student of Ateneo De Zamboanga University.

Marilyn A. Marcos, a math teacher in Zamboanga National High School (ZNHS) West, who is also a former teacher in Curuan said that, education before in rural areas was not in the same level as those in urban areas. But today the status is even.

“In fact teachers in rural areas are more literate than teachers in urban areas when it comes to computer literacy, because teachers in urban are dependent on photocopies unlike teachers in rural areas, who are really the ones doing the work,” Marcos added.

To solve these problems DepEd is preparing the list of shortages and will address it in National Convention Advisory for the forthcoming 9th National Convention in Tagaytay on the first week of March this year. (Rominalyn Tan Sayson)

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