Ryan Ponce Pacpaco
June 4


THE so-called tent schools and perennial problems in public education
sector that marred the opening of classes last Monday could jeopardize
the success of ambitious Enhanced Basic Education Act of 2013 or K to
12 Law of the Aquino administration.

Leyte Rep. Ferdinand Martin Romualdez, head of the House independent
minority bloc, said the continued failure of the government to address
the shortage of classrooms and related concerns aggravated by the
series of natural calamities are threatening the good intention of the
government to push with the K to 12 program.

“The K to 12 is a good program because it gives our children ample
time to study and have more and better experience. However, the
current conditions are not favorable to achieve the goal of providing
better education in public schools because the government is not
prepared to accommodate the students. We do not have the facilities
and resources to serve them. The students are staying in very crowded
classrooms and alternative schools like tent, structures made of wood
or corrugated sheets,” Romualdez lamented, adding that the Aquino
administration’s belated action to repair and construct classrooms
damaged by super typhoon Yolanda are now taking its toll on school
children and teachers.(RPP)

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