Saturday, January 22, 2011

Lack of classrooms, teachers force students to spend only 4 hours in class

There is a move in the Philippines by the Department of Education to add two years in the current six-year elementary and four-year high school education.
The Enhanced K+12 Basic Education Program being proposed seeks to make a total of 12 years for basic education in order to make globally-competitive students.
Notwithstanding the noble intention of the education department, a reaction by DasmariƱas City Rep. Elpidio Barzaga Jr. said that due to the paucity of classrooms and teachers, the swelling number of students, schools are forced to adopt a three-shift strategy per day.
According to the report by the Manila Bulletin, the first shift is from the 6:00 to 10:00, the second shift is from 10:00 to 14:00, and the third shift is from 14:00 to 18:00.
Public elementary and high schools also have between 50 and 80 students in each class.
Barzaga said, "The reality in the ground is that students are actually spending only four to five hours in class every day, when they should be spending all day for thorough and complete sessions."
The congressman also cited several public schools that adopt the said three-shift strategy.
The additional two years of education was proposed by the education department because of the poor showing of the students in the National Achievement Tests.
The lawmaker appealed to the administration to deal with this pressing issue and adopt an intensive one-shift strategy so that the students can spend more time in class between 7:00 and 17:00.
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