Why a centralized Department of Education fails.
|Above copied from the Inquirer|
Affected by this unspent budget are teaching positions, textbooks, provision and maintenance of basic education facilities, and many more. Shortages in Philippine public schools are well known. This past school year, Anne Marxze D. Umil enumerated the following:
13,995 classrooms, 88,267 teachers; 235 million instructional and other learning materials; 2.2 million school seats for 2016 and 66,492 sets – each seat with 45 seats and 1 teacher’s desk; and 44,538 computer packages.
The lack of learning materials has become a burden not only to students but teachers.
Schools need local attention. It appears that someone in the central air-conditioned office at DepEd can not really pay attention to the needs of students in schools. The central office failed to spend more than 30 billion pesos while its regional offices had unspent funds amounting to 12 billion. There seems to be no sense of urgency.