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DepEd: WV still lacks
teachers, classrooms

Public schools in Western Visayas are facingthe perennial lack of classrooms and teachers as classes start Monday.

Department of Education regional director, Dr.  Mildred Garay, yesterday said the WV still needs 249 elementary and  465 high school classrooms.

And the even bigger need is additional teachers.

Garay said 2,916 elementary and 2,794 high school teachers are also needed in WV.

But she also said that this summer the DepEdfinished the construction ofabout 500 additional classrooms forWestern Visayas and created more than 500 new teacher items.

The local school boards are also helping with classroom and teacher needs, Garay said.

Meanwhile, Malacañang yesterday assured the publicthat the Commission on Higher Educationis working doubly hard to address the reported exorbitant miscellaneous fees charged by colleges and universities nationwide.

In a statement posted at the government portal Official Gazette, Presidential SpokespersonEdwin Lacierda said the government is extending consumer rights to students and parents and CHED is drawing up a framework on it.

“The administration is working to fulfill its Social Contract with the Filipino People, and the ongoing reform of the system of fees charged by schools is a component of our commitment to making education not just one of many concerns but rather to making education the central strategy for investing in our people,” the statement said.

Lacierda stressed that transparency and accountability must be the hallmark not just of public but also of private service.

With these, he urged “all educational institutions to make the fees they collect demonstrably relevant and logical.”

Being part of the presidents social contract with the people, he said, the ongoing reform on the system of fees collected by schools is a component of the administration’s commitment to improve and make education available to all Filipinos.

“We encourage administrators to communicate with other stakeholders so that all concerned are assured of a fee system that has no hidden surprises,” he said.

“The lofty goals of education should not be a cloak for charging fees that are either arbitrarily set or assessed with a lack of clarity, ending up violating the consumer rights of students and parents,” he added.*CPG

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