By lovely a. carillo
The Department of Education (DepEd) urged parents to enroll their children in public schools nearest their homes and places of work to avoid abnormal scarcity of classrooms.
“We are urging parents to enroll their students in public schools near their homes,” DepEd Spokesperson Jenielito Atillo said. It is also fine if parents enroll their kids near their workplaces,” he added.
Based on their experience, he said, if parents enroll their children in public schools away from their homes, it creates abnormal scarcity in space, rooms, teachers, books and other public school necessities.
He said they expect an increase in enrollment in public schools this year because of the increase in tuition and other fees in private schools.
“But we strive to keep the normal ratio of one teacher to forty students,” he said. Other schools with increased population have a 1:45 or one for every 45 students ratio but this is minimal.
He said public schools expect to experience problems regarding classrooms from the opening of classes on June 5 up to the end of the month. But they usually find a solution at the end of the month through proper distribution of students, he added.