Lacuna assures studes of 4 schools won’t be displaced

Students affected by the ongoing construction of new buildings in four Manila public schools need not worry about being displaced when classes open on Monday 22 August.

This, after Manila Mayor Honey Lacuna gave the assurance amid reports of students’ dislocation.

Lacuna said based on a meeting with the Department of Education — City Schools Division of Manila, solutions have already been drawn before the opening of face-to-face classes.

“Napagusapan na naming iyan ng (we already talked about that) school board as part of the consultative meeting before the construction, and plans were all laid out and no one will be displaced,” Lacuna told the Daily Tribune.

She added that construction in the four schools is expected to be completed by the second quarter of 2023.

Ron Tolentino, spokesperson City Schools Division of Manila, said the four schools now undergoing full swing construction are Ramon Magsaysay High School, Almario Elementary School, Albert Elementary School, and Manila Science High School.

Due to a limited number of classrooms, the Almario Elementary School will implement blended online and face-to-face classes starting 22 August until the end of the school year.

Ramon Magsaysay High School will adopt blended learning for school year 2022-2023 and will use the available classrooms of Abada High School and Recto High School.

Albert Elementary School, on the other hand, will be implementing purely distance learning (online and modular) during the first quarter. But starting 2 November 2, it will implement a blended learning using available rooms of Sumulong Elementary School.

Manila Science high school will be purely online learning for the whole school year 2022-2023.

Tolentino admitted that existing public school buildings in the City of Manila are being renovated.

The temporary setup has been consulted with the parents.

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