DepEd 7: Preparations for class opening in full blast

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THE Department of Education in Central Visayas (DepEd 7) is now going full blast in its preparation for the opening of classes a week from now, or on August 22, 2022.

DepEd 7 Director Salustiano Jimenez told SunStar Cebu on Monday, August 15, that all the teaching and non-teaching personnel, including other stakeholders, are now doing their best to prepare the schools to ensure the safety of the students.

While he admitted that some of the schools in the region lack classrooms, Jimenez assured that they are ready to accommodate all their learners.

“Because if we lack classrooms, we instructed our schools, our division offices to have some strategies like shiftings,” said Jimenez, adding that they will break the total number of students into two sections (one in the morning and the other in the afternoon) to address shortage of classrooms.

Apart from that, Jimenez said they already coordinated with the local government units (LGUs) and other non-government organizations (NGOs) for the temporary learning space to ensure the observance of the minimum health protocols such as social distancing.

Central Visayas has about 3,000 public schools in 20 divisions, while there are about 1,000 private schools.

But Jimenez could not yet give the exact number of classrooms that are ready for the face-to-face classes and those that are still being repaired.

He said the repairs of school facilities are still ongoing across Central Visayas, although majority of the facilities damaged by Typhoon Odette in December 2021 have already been fixed.

The regional director said more than P1 billion was downloaded from the DepEd Central Office since the typhoon hit the schools in Central Visayas.

On August 3, Jimenez said they still need about P2 billion for the repair of more than 2,000 damaged classrooms.

The regional director said he is expecting that majority of the damaged classrooms will be repaired prior to the opening of classes next week, as he noted that all sectors, not just in the government but also non-government organizations, are doing their share to address such concern.

He said, however, that shifting is what they are proposing for the full implementation of face-to-face classes this coming November, adding that students would still go to school five days a week.

Brigada Eskwela

Jimenez also said Monday that all the division offices in the region have been conducting Brigada Eskwela, whose objective is to see and check the school preparations prior to the start of classes, including its safety for all the stakeholders, particularly the learners.

With this, he expressed gratitude toward all the stakeholders, particularly the parents, saying they are doing their share to assist and support the Brigada Eskwela.

As of August 12, DepEd 7 already has about 1.6 million enrollees in both public and private schools in the region out of the about two million target for the school year 2022-2023.

Jimenez expressed hope that they will be nearing the target number of enrollees, as they expect more enrollees Monday, August 15, and Tuesday, August 16. (MKG)