Tents used as makeshift classrooms in Albay

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jun 10 2008 11:01 PM | Updated as of Jun 11 2008 07:01 AM

Students and teachers in Albay started the schoolyear 2008-2009 under wet tents as heavy rains marred the opening of classes in the province.

ABS-CBN Regional Network Group reported Tuesday that the Sogod National High School's diagnostic test for fourth-year students in Bagacay town had to be suspended after heavy rain fell.

The students took their tests under tents, which were made as makeshift classrooms. The government has yet to provide the town with brand new classrooms.

"If not rain, heat is something we [teachers and students] have to deal with when we are inside the tents," a teacher at the Sogod National High School said..

Sogod National High School is not the only school in Albay that has been suffering from the scarcity of classrooms. At least 100 classrooms in the entire province have yet to be repaired. The classrooms were destroyed by typhoon Reming, which devasted the province almost two years ago.

" Actually we also need chairs and we admit that students feel the inconvenience studying under these tents.The problem with the lack of teachers, however, has already been resolved," said Jose Bonto, administrative officer of the Department of Education (DepEd) in Albay.

"When it rains, I cannot hear what my teacher is saying. Aside from the lack of classrooms, we also have shortage in instructional materials and books," another student in Sogod town said.

Rains in General Santos City, but flood delays enrolment in Davao City school

The Dadiangas West Central Elementary School, one of the most populated elementary schools in General Santos City, held its flag-raising ceremony inside classrooms because of the rain.

School division superintendent Estrella Lariosa, however, said that the opening of classes in General Santos City in all grade levels went smooth.

The DepEd said it is expecting a three-percent growth from last year's enrolment rate in General Santos City. Early June, they had registered 66,000 elementary pupils and more than 33,000 high school students, the education department said.

Meanwhile, Daniel R. Aguinaldo National High School, the most populated high school in Davao City, extended its enrolment period until next week because the campus was still flooded. The flood was brought on by heavy rains weeks before the schoolyear opening.

School officials said 25 percent of the school's 6,000 students have not enrolled. With reports from ABS-CBN Regional Network Group