Bongat urges DepEd to hire more teachers

NAGA CITY—A misunderstanding erupted yesterday involving City Mayor John Bongat and Schools Division Superintendent Emma Cornejo when the former insisted that the DepEd should continue hiring locally-funded teachers this school year.

LEFT: Mayor John Bongat, RIGHT: Schools Division Superintendent Emma Cornejo
LEFT: Mayor John Bongat, RIGHT: Schools Division Superintendent Emma Cornejo
Mayor Bongat said that there is a dire need to augment the number of teachers to achieve a 1:30 teacher to pupil ratio instead of the 1:45 that is recommended by DepEd.

Bongat pointed out that during last year’s National Achievement Test, the pupils’ performance dropped to number 13 in the region. This, he said, is very disappointing, owing to the fact that the ratio of teachers to pupils is simply too high.

Supt. Cornejo, for her part, explained that she has discontinued the hiring of locally-funded teachers pursuant to a field memo issued last May 20 by Education Secretary Armin Luistro.

The same memo provides that DepEd regional directors, school division superintendents, and school heads of public elementary and secondary schools must “discontinue the hiring of new LGU-funded and kindergarten volunteer teachers starting this SY.”

Luistro added: ““You are reminded that only qualified kindergarten volunteer teachers and LGU-hired teachers as of 2012 may be hired and regularized for this SY. Needless to say, all appointments made must be in strict accordance with our present hiring policy.”

Bongat stated that the city school board has made available a substantial amount of money to pay for the local teachers that will be hired.

Later, he announced that a school board meeting will be held tomorrow, June 5 to iron out the controversy and to discuss other matters relative to the opening of classes.—by Ron-Ron Enon/BICOLSTANDARD.COM
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