allocating a total of P24.3 Billion from 2006 to 2008, the Department
of Education (DepEd) has increased the budget for the purchase of
textbooks, hiring of teachers and construction of classrooms to address
resource gaps in public schools.
enough classrooms and textbooks – most importantly teachers – still is
and has always been the department's top priority," DepEd Secretary
Jesli Lapus said.
To meet the 1:45
teacher-student ratio target in 2007, DepEd allocated P2.1 Billion for
hiring of new 16, 390 Teacher 1 items. Teacher 1 is the first level in
the educational career ladder, and teachers under this level have basic
teaching experience. For 2008, 10,472 more teacher 1 items are set for
hiring to further improve the teacher-student ratio.
In addition, allocation for the construction of
school buildings increased from P3 Billion in 2006 to P5.4 billion in
2007. In 2008, budget was further increased to P5.8 billion. In 2007,
6,132 classrooms were targeted to be constructed and 12, 400 classrooms
repaired. In 2008, 10,472 more classrooms will be constructed. The lack
of classrooms is also managed by holding double shifts where there is
excess student population especially in the urban areas, primarily due
Meanwhile, DepEd is in
the process of upgrading the quality and increasing the quantity of
textbooks per subject each year. In 2006, P1.8 billion was used to
procure Social Studies textbooks to replace existing ones. Allocation
was further increased to P2.1 billion for 2007 to replace all English
textbooks and the same amount for 2008 to replace all Science
textbooks. In all from 2006 to 2008, a total of P6 billion had been
earmarked to not only improve quality of textbooks, but also to meet
the ideal textbook-student ratio of 1:1.
under the present leadership, has apportioned an average of P5.5
billion for Teacher 1 items, school buildings and textbooks.
speaks of the magnitude of our efforts to bring the needed resources to
our public schools," Lapus stressed. "Making our students competitive
and well-equipped requires substantial investments in education," he