ACT Teachers: Classroom shortage remains a problem as schools set to open

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Posted at Jun 03 2018 06:42 PM | Updated as of Jun 03 2018 07:20 PM

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MANILA -- Students and teachers will face old problems as the new school year opens, ACT Teachers Party-list Representative Antonio Tinio said Sunday.

While the Department of Education made some progress in addressing issues hounding the education sector, Tinio insisted that classroom shortage remains one of the top concerns as classes for the new school year begin Monday.

Education Undersecretary for planning and field operations Jesus Mateo earlier admitted there are "challenges" in meeting the demand for classrooms, but denied that there is shortage of classrooms.

"We must admit that there are some in thickly populated areas, we do have classroom... not shortage but challenges. The reason being is 'yung have a limited space and you cannot build a multi-story building if you have an existing building there," he said.

Currently, there is a classroom for every 45 students, Mateo said. There is one teacher for every 33 students in elementary and one teacher for every 26 students in the secondary level.