The State of Kindergarten
|A Kindergarten classroom in the United States (left) |
Figure taken from http://kpoindexter.wordpress.com/2011/07/22/2011-2012-classroom-pictures-after/
Payatas C Elementary School, Kindergarten Classroom (right)
Figure taken from http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=370237213038114&set=p.370237213038114&type=1
Office of Representative Antonio L. Tinio ACT Teachers Party-List House of Representatives.
May 28, 2012 Reference: ACT Teachers Party- List Rep. Antonio L. Tinio (0920-922-0817)
Expect worsening shortages on school opening, says party-list solon.
ACT Teachers Party-List Representative Antonio Tinio warned the public to expect worse shortages of teachers, classrooms, and water and sanitation facilities as public schools open for the new school year on June 4.
Tinio noted that according to information provided by the Department of Education, public schools will face a shortage of 132,483 teachers, 97,685 classrooms, and 153,709 water and sanitation facilities.
“The shortages will get worse this school year because the Aquino administration has failed to provide sufficient funding in the 2012 national budget for the additional requirements of our public school system in School Year 2012-2013, including the needs of 1.6 million incoming kindergarten students,” said Tinio.
The legislator disputed the lower figures cited by Deped for teacher and classroom shortages. “Deped claims that it will have the teacher shortage down to 11,620 by the end of this school year. But that’s only because they include over 49,000 contractual teachers funded by local government units and around 20,000 volunteer kindergarten teachers employed by Deped in their accounting. In truth, these teachers are generally grossly underpaid and deprived of basic workers’ benefits because of the contractual nature of their employment. Deped has a legal obligation to regularize them.”.
“As to classrooms, Deped claims that they will be able to construct 30,000 to 40,000 new ones this school year, through a so-called Public-Private Partnership scheme. The fact is, these certainly won’t be ready by June and it still remains to be seen whether or not the PPP scheme will deliver,” said Tinio.
“The alarming shortage in water and sanitation facilities, meaning clean toilets, faucets, sinks, and running water, will mean that our 21.5 million school children will continue to suffer unsanitary conditions in our public schools, exposing them to health risks and outbreaks of disease.”.
“The bottom line is that the opening of the new school year will show that the Aquino administration has failed to muster the political will and budgetary resources to substantially address, if not solve, the long-running shortages that continue to plague our public school system,” he concluded.#.