More classrooms, teachers to boost Region 7 public school system

Cebu City, Cebu (PIA) - The public school system in Region 7 is set to get a boost after the Department of Education (DepEd) announced the construction of additional classrooms and opening of new teacher items in the region.

DepEd-7 Regional Director Dr. Carmelita Dulangon in a recent media forum here disclosed that new classrooms are now being built in several public schools region-wide.

Target accomplishment for 2013 is 602 total classrooms in Central Visayas.

Of the total, the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) has reportedly completed initial construction of 80 classrooms as of March 31, 2013.

In 2012, the construction of classrooms in Central Visayas reached 811.

Cebu province, being the biggest school division in the region, had 190 classrooms. Bohol came next with 135, followed by Cebu Cit with 131.

Meanwhile, DepEd reported that 5,653 new items for teachers are now open for the 2013-2014 school year for kindergarten to secondary levels.

Hiring of new teachers will help DepEd attain its standard teacher-student ratio of 1:45.

''We are trying to reach the ratio of one teacher for 45 students, which is the ideal. So these new teacher items will be spread out to reach said ideal ratio,'' said Dr. Dulangon during the forum.

Applicants for said teacher items are already listed in DepEd's registry of qualified applicants.

Dulangon said the education department adds more teacher items every year.

Currently there are 44,234 public school teachers handling kindergarten to fourth year high school classes in the region.

Of the total, 39,601 are paid by the national government while 4,633 are locally paid.

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