Lack of classrooms, teachers hound first day of classes; no sex ed yet


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The first day of classes on June 15 was subject to the common classroom overcrowding, reports GMANews.tv.

At the Payatas-B Elementary School in Quezon City, 120 students were packed in one shift. At the Baclaran Elementary School in Parañaque City, 60 students were reportedly crammed inside one classroom.

The Department of Education estimates 23.43 million students went to public elementary schools and high schools on June 15, reports Balitanghali. DepEd figures show a nationwide average of one teacher per 39 grade school students and one teacher per 55 high school students.

The Alliance of Concerned Teachers National Chair Antonio Tinio told Inquirer.net there is a lack of 54,060 teachers, 6,473 head teachers, 4,538 principals, 61,343 classrooms, 816,291 seats, and 113,051 water and sanitation facilities for the school year 2010 to 2011. The organization estimates an additional P400 million is needed to address the textbook shortage.

The DepEd has called for an additional three billion pesos for the education budget next year, reports Balitanghali.

As for the scheduled sex education pilot testing in 80 elementary schools and 79 high schools, DepEd Sec. Mona Valisno told dzBB, as reported by GMANews.tv, it has not yet been implemented. "Consultations are ongoing."

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