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Guv Fongwan: Benguet’s shortage of teachers DepEd’s own doing

Aug 6, 2015 @ 6:44

Benguet Gov. Nestor Fongwan is blaming the Department of Education (DepEd) for the serious lack of school teachers in the province.

Fongwan said this is because of a DepEd circular than prohibits local school boards from hiring new ones.

“While the school board is very much willing to help hire classroom teachers, we cannot do so because of the circular,” the governor lamented in a story published by Baguio Midland Courier.

In many elementary schools in Benguet, teachers are asked to handle two to three classes of different grades simultaneously, Fongwan bared.

There are also schools that have no one to handle kindergarten classes , which are handled instead handled by volunteers, he added.

“While some communities have helped out by shouldering the honorarium of kindergarten teachers, most communities can barely cope,” Fongwan pointed.

Since school boards cannot intervene, Fongwan said what they can only do is to continue lobbying for job openings so that their applicants will be accommodated.

He urged the Department of Education to make an exception of Benguet by allowing its school board to help hire qualified classroom teachers.

Before the issuance of the circular, the governor said the school board has hired about 50 teachers assigned in different schools.

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