DepEd not yet ready for full F2F classes

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MORE than seven months after Typhoon Odette (Rai), the Department of Education (DepEd) Cebu City Division is not yet ready for the implementation of full face-to-face (F2F) classes in November as hundreds of classrooms in the city are still undergoing repair.

The full F2F classes will follow after the partial F2F classes end on October 31.

Dr. Bernadette Susvilla, assistant division superintendent of DepEd Cebu City, said on Friday, August 5, 2022, that there are still 684 classrooms whose roofs have not been repaired yet after being damaged by the onslaught of Typhoon Odette on December 16, 2021.

Of the 840 classrooms in the city, only 156 have been fixed by the Local School Board of the Cebu City Government, while 684 still need repair.

The limited F2F classes would already start on August 22, 2022, but the DepEd official expressed doubts if they can accommodate all the 172,491 public school students due to the lack of classrooms.

Susvilla said that only 126 public elementary and high schools in the city are prepared for the opening of limited F2F classes after undergoing repairs and maintenance by members of their respective Parent-Teacher Association, civic groups, non-government organizations, and other volunteers through the DepEd's Brigada Eskwela program.

The DepEd official said they already made a request to their head office to allow them to hold the limited F2F until the end of school year 2022-2023 but the latter turned it down.

Susvilla said that DepEd Cebu City needs around P330 million for the repairs of 840 classrooms but they received only P3 million from DepEd.

At present, the DepEd Cebu City Division has a total of 4,726 classrooms, which is short of the 5,153 classrooms that they needed to accommodate all the students. (PAC, TPT)

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