QUEZON CITY, May 18 (PIA) – The city government of Quezon City has joined the nationwide kick-off of ‘Brigada Eskwela,’ an annual collaboration among the Department of Education (DepEd), national government agencies, local government units, private sectors, and volunteer groups to prepare and improve public school facilities before the start of the school year.
Quezon City has a total of 96 public elementary schools- 46 high schools and 33 schools for senior high school. The city government has allotted a P1.7 billion budget for education that will cover school year 2017-2018.
Mayor Herbert Bautista is fast-tracking the construction of 20 new school buildings composed of 322 classrooms.
The estimated student population in the city for school year 2017-2018 for the elementary level is 400,000 students; junior high school, 200,000; and senior high school at 52,000.
Likewise, QC has prepared for the implementation of the K-12 Program by conducting school mapping, creation of Senior High School Technical Working Group (SHS TWG), trainings for administrators and teachers, creation of City Task Force on Land Acquisition to assist the SHS TWG in identifying possible school sites, and the early implementation of SHS last 2012 piloted in Don Alejandro Roces Science and Technology High School and Camp Gen. Emilio Aguinaldo High School.
Brigada Eskwela will until May 26 with the theme “Isang DepEd, isang pamayanan, isang bayanihan para sa Handa at ligtas na paaralan.”
Brigada Eskwela, also known as Bayanihan para sa Paaralan, is a nationwide public school maintenance week held every third week of May which started in 2003. (QC/RJB/JEG/PIA-NCR)