Marikina lawmaker laments classrooms deficiency

A Marikina lawmaker has asked the national government to fund the renovation of schools in her city to address classroom shortage in time for the full implementation of in-person classes by November this year.

“We appeal to the Department of Education and the Department of Public Works and Highways to fund the renovation of the schools to increase the number of classrooms,” Marikina 1st District Rep. Marjorie Ann Teodoro said in an interview over the weekend.

“The problem of schools all over the Philippines, if not in the National Capital Region, is that our classrooms are still really lacking,” Teodoro, the wife of Marikina Mayor Marcelino “Marcy” Teodoro, added.

She, however, said that they are finding solutions to address the problem of classroom shortage in their city.

“That will be the problem if we follow the one-meter apart classroom seat arrangement. So, that’s (infrastructure for additional classrooms) what we’re slowly addressing, and hopefully the national government would help us,” the lawmaker said.

To achieve the one-meter apart seat arrangement, the class size would have to be reduced from between 25 to 30 students per classroom, Teodoro said.

“The average class size during the normal pre-pandemic school days was between 50 to 60, so they really do a double shift,” she said.

The number of students has increased at public schools presently because of transferees from private schools, she pointed out.

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