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Walang pagbabago: Tinio expresses disappointment over same old problems facing public schools

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On the eve of the opening of classes, ACT Teacher’s party-list Rep. Antonio Tinio expressed his frustrations over the state of public schools in the country.

In a radio interview, Tinio said he is expecting public schools to encounter “same old problems” during the resumption of classes on Monday.

“I think pagbukas ng klase bukas, makikita natin ‘yung mga dati pa ring problema. ‘Yung mga kakulangan sa mga teachers, classrooms at iba pa, hindi pa rin mawawala ‘yan. Makikita natin na malalaki ‘yung class size at iba pa,” the politiko said.

“Dito sa NCR (National Capital Region), kaya nananatiling malaki ang shortage ng classrooms, kasi sa maraming lugar, wala nang space, wala nang lupa para paglagyan ng additional classrooms,” he added.

Citing the Department of Education (DepEd), he said there is still a shortage of about 18,000 classrooms in Metro Manila alone.

He noted that this results to at least 50 to 60 students per classroom in some Metro Manila schools.

“Napakalaki na nga niyan. Kahit ihambing natin sa mga kapitbahay na bansa natin, relatively mas malaki ang bilang ng mga klase dito sa Pilipinas,” he said.

Aside from lack of space to build schools, he said there has also been a problem in budget spending when it comes to construction of classrooms.

“‘Yung problema in the past two years, ‘yung tinatawag na underspending. ‘Yung malaking porsyento ng school building sa budget ng DepEd para sa taon ay hindi nila nauubos dahil nga may nababago sa pagpapatayo, ‘yung mga rekisitos para sa construction, hindi agad nagagawa,” he said.