DepEd-Bicol ready for June 13 class opening

Ramon Fiel Abcede
LEGAZPI CITY -- The Department of Education (DepEd) in the Bicol Region is now well prepared for the opening of classes on June 13 for both elementary and Grade 11 of the senior high school.

This was the assurance DepEd Bicol Regional Director Ramon Fiel Abcede made Tuesday as he said his agency will implement the new curriculum under the K-12 program.

Abcede said he sees no problem in the implementation as they had been preparing for it for five years.
Aside from their preparation, he said, they have Plan B and Plan C for any problem that may crop up during the opening of classes.

The DepEd Bicol chief said there are more than 2,000 new school buildings intended for the senior high school in the entire Bicol and 50 percent of these are ready for use by Grade 11 while those under construction are 20-60 percent completed and are scheduled to be finished in the first semester of the coming school year.

"Also part of the Plan B and Plan C is to use the excess and un-utilized classrooms of the junior high school in various parts of the region and there will be adjustments in the time of classes," he said.

Abcede said the more than 53,000 teachers in the region are also ready for the class opening, of which 2,777 are newly hired for the senior high school, courtesy of the DepEd national office.

"Since 2013, the government has solved the problem on the lack of about 100,000 teachers in the entire country; in fact, more than 12,000 have been given to Region 5." he said.

Abcede said the ratio now is 1:38 in every classroom in the region or one teacher for every 38 students in the elementary.

"As of now, 75 percent of the more than 90,000 Grade 10 completers have already enrolled and are expected to enter Grade 11. Of this total, about 10,000-15,000 are private schools and the rest are from public junior high school," he said.

The DepEd official called on those who finished high school under the old curriculum and are enrolling for Grade 11 to do so as the subjects in the first year and second year in college are the same.

Abcede said their technical personnel are monitoring the delivery of the of procured needed items whose supply has been awarded to contractors, involving Php400 million worth of tools, equipment, materials and other technical-vocational and livelihood tracks needed for the entry of senior high school students. (PNA)


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