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Old problems hound Davao city public schools

DAVAO City — Another school year has started this week, but public schools are expected to struggle with same “age-old woes.”

The Davao City National High School (DCNHS), for example, reported a good turnout of parents’ participation in the Brigada Eskwela, a pre-opening activity to repair and prepare the school buildings and the classrooms. But Jed Bete, the school’s media officer admitted they would encounter “perennial” problems during the opening of classes.

The DCNHS, the largest public school in Davao City, had to deal with the lack of classrooms.

The DCNHS has an average of 13,000 student population, both in junior and senior high, last school year. The growing number of students is beyond the capacity of the school’s current number of classrooms, Bete said.

The school is still waiting for additional school buildings to be constructed. To temporarily address the problem, several students have to cram in a classroom, more than the ideal class size conducive to learning.

“Our teachers here have to handle 60 to 70 students in a class,” Bete said.

Classrooms also lack tables and chairs. Bete said that teachers and parents had to repair those that were already old and damaged just to provide for the children.

Dr. Teresita Del Valle, schools governance and operations division chief of the Department of Education-Davao City Division (DepEd), said, there are still some schools dealing with the shortage of classrooms and school furniture due to the “rapid” increase of student population every year.

But she said the construction of additional classrooms was underway. “Every year, we submit a list to the [DepEd] central office to the number of additional classrooms we needed,” Del Valle said. (


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