MANILA – Teachers of a public school in Cavite now use comfort rooms as a makeshift faculty area after their quarters were converted to classrooms days before the opening of classes.
Photos of an old toilet transformed into a teachers' room were uploaded on Facebook by Maricel Herrera, faculty association president of Bacoor National High School.
She said teachers were informed on May 27, a week before the opening of classes, that their former faculty quarters would be used as classrooms.
The teachers were offered locations for their new faculty rooms, such as the library and principal's office, but these were not close to the classrooms. This would have made it harder for them to carry their instructional materials, she said.
The alternatives offered also do not have enough space to accommodate the 240 teachers of the school, she added.
She said they were left with no other viable choice but to turn the comfort rooms into a faculty area.
"Magpapasukan na noong sinabi iyon. Iyong binibigay nilang area ay malalayo," Herrera said in a phone interview with ABS-CBN News.
"Eh ang mga teachers, may mga teaching materials na projector nila, laptop, kasi kailangan sa pagtuturo, bukod pa sa ibang teaching materials," she added.
She said some of the teachers opted to shell out P1,500 each to improve the situation of old comfort room cubicles.
Herrera said she had sought a dialogue with the principal and division superintendent prior to the resumption of classes to no avail.
Education Secretary Leonor Briones said in a CNN Philippines interview that the situation "does not speak about the entire picture of education itself."