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DEPED BEGINS BRIGADA ESKWELA AHEAD OF JUNE 4 SCHOOL OPENING



Weeks before the School Year 2018-2019 opens on June 4, the Department of Education (DepEd) started its Brigada Eskwela 2018.

On Friday, during the Brigada Eskwela 2018 National Capital Region kick-off ceremony in Valenzuela City, DepEd Undersecretary Tonisito Umali said schools have to be conducive to children’s learning.

Teachers, in line with this, from the Malinta Elementary School in Valenzuela participated in the said activity.

The public, meanwhile, were encouraged to donate supplies instead of money that will be used in the preparation of school facilities.

In 2017’s Brigada Eskwela, the agency recorded a total of almost 13 million volunteers and generated resources, such as donations, of over P5 billion — which the agency deemed as a success.

Meanwhile, the national kick-off program of the Brigada Eskwela will be held on May 29 in General Santos City.


DEPED: SCHOOL CONGESTION REMAINS TO BE PROBLEM FOR SCHOOL YEAR 2018-2019



Meantime, about 27.7 million students, both from public and private elementary and secondary schools nationwide, are expected to troop back to schools for the new school year.

However, the agency noted — congestion remains to be a problem for the incoming school year due to lack of buildable spaces.

Umali said some schools in Metro Manila have trouble in achieving the 1:25 pupil to classroom ratio for kindergation and 1:45 to 50 for elementary and high school.

Among these most congested schools in Metro Manila were the Batasan National High School, Rizal High School and Parañaque High School.

To address this, the agency resorted to shifting, including the encouragement of parents to enroll their children to schools with low enrollee-turnout.

Apart from these, several schools in the country, particularly from off-grid areas have no electricity nor water connections — problems which the agency continues to address.

Earlier this week, the agency said it is ready for the June 4 class resumption as it reactivated its annual Oplan Balik Eskwela to address all concerns during the school opening.