School officials to assess public schools in Cebu Province a week after full F2F started

PUBLIC schools in Cebu Province, especially those who are still recovering from Typhoon Odette (Rai), will undergo a week-long observation period to determine the positive and negative effects on the implementation of full face-to-face classes which started on All Souls’ Day, November 2, 2022.

Dr. Lorenz Dizon, Cebu Provincial Schools Division assistant superintendent, said a field technical assistance team from their office will conduct the assessment.

The team will be composed of the division’s supervisors and members of the Department of Education (Deped)-Central Visayas’s School Governance Operations Division.

Dizon said the team will be visiting public schools across Cebu Province to determine if they were able to fully implemented face-to-face classes without problems.

Lack of classrooms, teachers

Dizon said that based on their initial assessment, public schools situated in southern Cebu are still experiencing a lack of classrooms after some of their rooms were severely or partially damaged after Typhoon Odette.

Dizon added that some schools in the Province also have a problem when it comes to personnel as they have not replaced teachers who have either died due to Covid-19 or have retired.

Dizon failed to provide details on the number of classrooms and teachers that public school in Cebu need as of the moment.

In order to address the lack of classrooms, public schools resorted to class shifting when limited face-to-face classes began in August of this year.

Cebu Province currently has 1,121 public schools and have around 25,248 teaching personnel.

Dizon admitted that implementing full face-to-face classes has become a challenge for them especially that majority of public schools in the Province have experienced a spike in enrollment as some private school students are reportedly transferring to public schools.

Now that full face-to-face classes are back, Dizon urged students to continue coming to school and make use of their time in improving their academics.

Dizon said that the return to full face-to-classes is truly an improvement compared to when students were still conducting modular and online classes.

He believes that with full face-to-face classes now back, teachers can guide their learners on their lessons. (ANV/JKV)