Public schools in Zambo badly need 70,418 seats PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 03 June 2015 08:36

By VIC LARATO

Of all problems affecting the public elementary and secondary schools in Zamboanga City, the shortage of seating facilities is so far the greatest of them all with 70,418 chairs are badly needed this school year.

Schools Division Superintendent Dr. Pedro Melchor Natividad revealed this during Monday’s press briefing in City Hall, stressing that public elementary and secondary schools in the city were in need of 71,718 seating facilities, of which only 1,300 were supplied, thus the need of 70,418 more chairs.

He attributed this huge shortage of chairs to the more than 1,000 new classrooms constructed by the city government during the previous administration.

Natividad said the Department of Education (DepEd) was thankful to the city government for the many school buildings it constructed. Unfortunately, those classrooms were not furnished with chairs.

According to him, former mayor now District 1 Rep. Celso Lobregat had been asking Education Secretary Bro. Armin Luistro to provide chairs as DepEd’s counterpart to the city-funded school buildings.

“I have also been following this up with the central office, to no avail. Hence, we have this shortage of seating facilities as the greatest problem of DepEd in Zamboanga City,” Natividad lamented.

Nonetheless, he said, there is good news.

The Local School Board chaired by Mayor Beng Climaco was able to realize P14.7 million savings from the Special Education Fund last year.

He said the Board has approved a resolution upon the mayor’s request to allocate the savings for the purchase of chairs and other furniture for all public elementary and secondary schools in the city.

“I think the amount is enough to address the shortage of chairs,” Natividad said with optimism.

Meanwhile, Natividad said public elementary and secondary schools here are also in need of 542 additional teachers, of which only 243 teacher-items were given for the city.

Of the 243 teacher-items, 104 will be allocated for kindergarten with the implementation of the K-10 (Kinder to Grade 10) program as most of the existing kinder teachers were only receiving allowance.— Vic Larato