DAET, Camarines Norte, May 19 (PIA) – The Department of Education (DepEd) has begun readying classrooms in Camarines Norte for next month’s school season opening.
On Monday, the Camarines Norte Schools Division Office kicked off the Brigada Eskwela at Tulay na Lupa Elementary School in Labo town.
During the Talakayan sa PIA on air, Antonio Ahmad, DepEd administrative and public information officer, said that the Brigada Eskwela started with a motorcade from the DepEd Division Office in Daet to Tulay na Lupa Elementary School.
Taking part in the launching, aside from the consistent participants from line agencies, parents and students, were East West Bank, Shakeys Daet with their mascot and City Savings. The latter even donated a gate for the school.
Brigada Eskwela is simultaneously being conducted all over the country on May 15-20, 2017 with the theme “Isang DepEd, Isang Pamayanan, Isang Bayanihan Para sa Handa at Ligtas na Paaralan”.
The Brigada Eskwela is the National Schools’ Maintenance Week that aims to bring together all education stakeholders to participate and contribute their time, effort and resources to prepare public school facilities ready for the opening of the school year in June.
Tulay na Lupa Elementary School was last year’s regional awardee in the search for best Brigada Eskwela for elementary while Basud National High School topped the national level of the search.
Last year, Camarines Norte hosted the regional kickoff at Froilan Lopez High School in San Vicente. This year is Catanduanes Central School’s turn, Ahmad said.
Ahmad said that Brigada Eskwela started with the idea of “Adopt-a-School because “it takes the entire community to educate a child.”
“Everybody can share through “bayanihan” or everybody may feel the ownership of the school if he or she joins the activity,” he added.
It has started in 2003 and was intensified in 2012, 2013 and 2015 and was benchmark by the other countries.
Ahmad said that Camarines Norte has 310 schools, 252 of which are elementary and 58, secondary.
“Our school facilities now are near 100 percent complete,” he said.
For the school opening the division is expecting 15,984 students for the junior high school and 8,438 for senior high school.
The DepEd subsidizes the tuition of junior and senior high school students who enroll in private schools.
The amount will depend on the location where the students enrol and where they came from, whether public or private. This will be given directly to schools for its deduction in tuition fees.
Ahmad said that 140 new teachers will be hired for the elementary and junior high school at the start of school year on June 5 while more than 100 new items for senior high school were already opened.
This was in addition to last year’s items for technical vocational that remain unfilled, he said.
He urged those interested to teach in senior high school to immediately file their applications.
Meanwhile, the division is also conducting training for teachers in grades 6 and 10, the last part for the preparations for the K-12 programs.
“On Oplan Balik Eskwela, DepEd is now ready because those students who are enrolled last year were automatically listed during the early registration on January this year,” Ahmad said.
He said that the “no collection policy” on the first quarter of the school year remains in force. (EAD/RBM-PIA5/Camarines Norte)