DepEd conducts on-site pre-school opening ocular
As a requisite to upcoming reforms as well as to check on schools’ preparedness to serve the incoming batch of enrollees for the new school year, the Department of Education (DepEd) today leads an inspection of one of the country’s highly populated public schools.
DepEd officials led by Assistant Secretary for Planning Jesus Lorenzo Mateo undertake the agency’s pre-school opening inspection at the Ramon Magsaysay (Cubao) High School (RMHS) in Cubao, Quezon City. Last year, the school had a total of 6,141 students in its 83 classrooms. This school year, the school is expecting its number of student enrollees to reach 6,500.
Said Mateo, “DepEd’s visit is geared towards making us appreciate first-hand the condition of schools, that is, even before classes start. Considered a representative of the country’s public school system, Ramon Magsaysay High School helps us see for ourselves what problems are needing attention.”
For his part, RMHS School Principal Dr. Romulo Rocena said, “We appreciate that DepEd management is taking concrete steps which is expected to lead to better learning environment, adequate teaching materials and competency, as well as more comprehensive curricula.”
The roundabout at the school’s premises showed a tight distribution of classrooms for the estimated 6,500 new enrollees this school year, with 50 students to share one classroom and one teacher every class time.
Rocena also shared that most teachers at RMHS are presently undergoing training to increase their competence in teaching the new curricula under DepEd’s K to 12 program.
Other areas are on tight sharing as well, like the comfort rooms. Rocena even mentions a private utility firm for helping provide their sanitation facilities, noting how the private sector can help meet the demands of public schools.
Said Mateo, “Reforms are incessant of course, but we need oculars like these to validate reported problems with the end-goal of opening up even greater opportunities for educational reforms, and potential partnerships with local governments and the private sector for specific and timely solutions.”
More needs to be done to improve the country’s educational system, added Mateo. These include meeting zero backlogs in teachers, classrooms and sanitation facilities. Nationwide, actual shortages in educational resources are as follows: 47,584 teachers; 19,579 classrooms; and 80,937 sanitation facilities or comfort rooms.
An important indicator of the government’s program to improve the country’s educational system also include meeting the government target for National Achievement Test (NAT) mean-percentage-scores of 75 percent for both elementary and high school in SY 2016-17.
According to Rocena, RMHS is looking at improving its National Achievement Test (NAT) mean-percentage-scores (MPS) for high school. The school’s NAT average scores for its high school students were registered at 44.65 % in SY 2009-2010 and 47.65% in SY 2010-2011 to improve its rank from 28th to 21st out of 46 high schools.
Rocena said that the school’s NAT score will hopefully go up every year to reach the government’s target of 75 percent for both elementary and secondary levels.
Said Mateo, “the DepEd cannot do this alone. In the coming weeks, we will be opening reform initiatives to all sectors, as the country’s educational system moves towards solving these perennial problems.”