CARAGA Lacks 2,000 Teachers and 1,500 Classrooms

The Department of Education DepEd needs 2,000 teachers and 1,500 classrooms in CARAGA region even with some local government units, including Agusan Del Sur, patching up the department’s inadequacies.

This was revealed by DepEd’s assistant regional director
Ponciano Jovien in a press conference during the signing of memorandum of agreement and launching of Agusan Del Sur’s Model of Excellence Schools, Essential Health Care and Nutrition, and Silya sa Eskwela programs in Trento, Agusna Del sur on Tuesday.

The shortage, Jovien said, is despite the fact that local governments, including Agusan Del Sur, are helping in providing schools with teachers and classrooms.

The lack of teachers was traced to budgetary constraints of the department and forcing licensed teachers to accept the meagre salaries offered by local government units.

DepEd Assistant Secretary Reynaldo Antonio Laguda who was present during the launching said he hopes more teachers will be hired next year with the biggest chunk of the national budget going to the department.

But even then, Laguda said, there will always be a shortage because country’s growing population. He asked the private sector for help to address the problem.

“We will beg if we have to. But the participation of the private sector is also crucial to solve the problem,” he said.

On the national level, Laguda said the shortage could even reach 30,000 for teachers and 100,000 for classrooms.


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