Davao City’s public school sector is more than ready for the new school year, which will start on June 5, with 52 new public schools and 372 new items for public school teachers.
“The Department of Education (DepEd) is giving us 372 new items for kinder, junior and elementary schools,” DepEd Schools Governance and Operations Division Chief Teresita Del Valle said on Tuesday’s Pulong Pulong ni Pulong.
Del Valle said the city has more than 10,000 teachers and all of them have items since they won’t get salaries without an item.
She said the DepEd Central Office gave the city new items for teachers to meet the increasing number of students in the public schools. The city’s public schools lack teachers because of the opening of two levels for senior high school which means additional two years.
Despite the lack of teachers, she said, they accept all those who enroll in the city and do not deny anyone the opportunity to be accepted in the city’s public schools.
“The Division of Davao can cope with teacher problem thanks to the support of the national department and the local government through the Local Schools Board,” she said.
The city has 50 to 100 teachers all hired and paid by the LSB. There is, however, a moratorium in the hiring of teachers under the LSB.
She said the city also has 52 new secondary schools distributed in the different district of the city.
“The new schools are DepEd’s answer to the program of education for all,” she said. Prior to the additional schools, the city only has 255 elementary schools and 70 recognized public high schools.
She admitted that the new schools still have to establish its facilities since it will start operating this June. The first five years of operation of new schools is usually very challenging, she added. Lovely A. Carillo