MANILA - The Department of Education (DepEd) is still studying the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority's (MMDA) proposal of a 4-day school week for elementary and high school students in a bid to ease traffic congestion.
MMDA Chairman Francis Tolentino said the proposal will help lessen the number of commuters on the streets as major construction projects start.
Speaking to radio dzMM on Friday, DepEd Assistant Secretary for Planning Jesus Mateo said that while the proposed scheme may indeed reduce traffic on the roads, the department still needs to further study how this will affect the studies of the children and the workload of the teachers.
"Maganda naman siya kasi mai-ease yung traffic pero tingnan din natin yung epekto nito sa mga bata... Yung kailangan nating pag-aralan kung paano i-spread out yung mga lesson ng mga bata na ngayon ay five days," he said.
"Kokonsultahin natin yung mga paaralan at ating mga division offices," he added.
Mateo said the DepEd also has to ensure that the proposed new schedule will not compromise the quality of education the students are receiving.
According to the MMDA, 23 schools in Metro Manila will be affected by the road projects.
It said the average speed of 30 kilometers per hour along major roads in the metro could be cut in half because of heavy traffic. This means motorists and commuters will have to spend more time on the road just to get to their destinations.
The construction of the Skyway 3, which will connect the North Luzon Expressway (NLEX) with South Luzon Expressway (SLEX), will begin on Monday. -- Report from dzMM