DepEd maximizes classes for siege affected schools PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 16 June 2014 11:20

The Department of Education- Division of City Schools is exerting all efforts to maximize the use of annex schools set up for siege-affected students in a bid to ensure that the pupils are not deprived of education.

The Sta. Barbara Central School holds classes at the Zamboanga East Central School with a student population of 2,056. A total of  8 classrooms, 3 of which are makeshift rooms constructed by the United Nations International Children Emergency Fund (UNICEF) are available at present but 20 more classrooms are necessary to meet the required student classroom ratio. Classes opened only June 9.

Mariki Elementary School holds classes at the Baliwasan Central School with an enrollment of 669 students and 8 classrooms, two of which set up by the UNICEF, available. 2 makeshift rooms are needed. Grades 1 to III classes are on shifting schedule, per record from the Division of City Schools.

Classes at the Don Gregorio Evangelista Memorial School (DON GEMS) are also on shifting schedule, as 6 rooms are still being occupied by internally displaced persons (IDPs).

Rio Hondo Elementary School on the other hand is holding classes on regular schedule at the campus itself. 14 classrooms are available—6 of which are the dome-type donated by the Tzu Chi Foundation.

For schools used as evacuation centers, such as the Talon-talon Elementary School, Talon-talon national high school, Zamboaga East and West Central Schools including the John Spirig Elementary School which is used as temporary shelter of Campo Islam fire victims, classes are on shifting schedule.

The Temporary Shelter Cluster under the Rehabilitation Coordination Structure is closely coordinating with DepEd to look for ways on how to fast track the transfer of the IDPs from schools to transitory sites.

Issues concerning the payment of water and electric bills are also being looked into by the City Government and the education cluster.

Meanwhile, annex schools will also be set up in Taluksangay and Tulungatung Elementary Schools where pupils from siege-affected schools are enrolled for school year 2014-2015.

In Taluksangay Elementary School, there are 168 students originally from the elementary schools in Talon-talon, Mariki and Sta. Barbara, that are enrolled. Teachers from Mariki will be deployed to Taluksangay ES to handle annex classes.

In Don GEMS in Sta. Catalina, there are 112 siege-affected students enrolled while Tulungatung ES has absorbed 279 pupils from siege affected schools. Teachers from Sta. Barbara Central School will also be deployed to Tulungatung and DON GEMS to handle annex. — Sheila Covarrubias