MANILA – Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) chairman Francis Tolentino reiterated on Monday that his proposed 4-day school week will be beneficial, in terms of 20 percent savings, to 23 public and private schools that will be affected by the Skyway 3 project.
According to Tolentino, he has sent a letter to Department of Education Secretary Armin Luistro citing the benefits of the compressed school week for elementary and high school, backed up by studies and evidence.
Tolentino said the savings are in terms of building wear and tear and utility costs.
He the savings can also be used to improve schools, which are often used as evacuation centers during calamities.
“The savings can also be used for (purchase of) computers, upgrading of skills of teachers,” Tolentino told dzMM.
Meanwhile, students can use Fridays for make-up classes, while teachers can use this free day to take up their master's degree or attend seminars.
Tolentino said in Colorado, USA, math achievement results have gone up because of less absenteeism.
“Dahil konti ang absenteeism, mas focused ang students on instructional materials sa natitirang oras,” Tolentino said.
Apart from helping reduce traffic, the 4-day school week will also help lift the morale of students because it would mean more bonding time with their families.
His proposal, which he hopes will be implemented for the next school year, is supported by the House Committee on Basic Education, Tolentino said. -- Report from dzMM