(Metro News) Enough classrooms in QC public schools assured

May 29, 2010 9:17 pm 

MANILA, May 29 –- The Quezon City government said there are enough classrooms in public elementary and secondary schools in the city as it announced on Saturday it is ready for the opening of school year 2010–2011 next month.

Dr. Rowena Cacanindin, officer-in-charge of the Quezon City Division of City Schools, assured parents that QC public schools will have enough classrooms when classes open on June 15.

“Holding classes under the mango tree is already a thing of the past. The need for additional classrooms is only minimal even with the expected influx of transferees from the private schools,” Cacanindin said.

The city's enrollment figure usually grows by at least two to five percent each year, she noted.

The city government under the administration of Mayor Feliciano Belmonte Jr. has already built 100 school buildings, which provide an additional 1,641 new classrooms for the city’s educational system.

Novaliches and other areas of District II, which accounts for majority of the city’s poor residents, got the lion's share of the city government’s school building program.

City officials inaugurated recently the four-storey and 29-classroom school building at the Batasan Hills Elementary School, now known as the Corazon C. Aquino Elementary School in District II, and the four-storey, 19-classroom school building at the Bagong Pag-asa Elementary School in District I.

Also being completed is the four-storey and 18-classroom school building at the Justice Cecilia Munoz-Palma High School in Barangay Payatas.

Construction is also underway for additional schoolbuildings at Maligaya Elementary School, Old Balara Elementary School–Villa Beatriz Annex, National Orthopedic Hospital School for Crippled Children, Manuel Roxas High School, Tandang Sora National High School and Judge Feliciano Belmonte Sr. High School.

To date, QC hosts the biggest public school system in the National Capital Region (NCR) with 428,271 enrollees, including pre-school.

Meanwhile, Cacanindin said the city government has set aside P15 million for the procurement of additional textbooks in the five core subjects – Mathematics, English, Science, Filipino and Sibika, for distribution to QC students this coming school year.

Mayor Belmonte has called for the standardization of textbooks in Quezon City to achieve a textbook parity in the city’s public school system.

Cacanindin also announced the hiring of 400 contractual teachers to augment the city’s teaching force, which to date, numbers to 10,100. (PNA) scs/JCA

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