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Classroom Shortages in the Philippines

In School Year (SY) 2019-2020, the Department of Education (DepEd) reports a classroom-to-learner ratio of 1:29 in Elementary, 1:39 in Junior High School, and 1:31 in Senior High School.

The ratios show compliance with DepEd standards; however, data shows that regions in the Philippines still have shortages or issues in classrooms.

At the Junior High School level, Regions IV-A, IX, XI, BARMM, and NCR are above the national standard of a 1:38 ratio. Except for BARMM, all regions identified have cities with high migration patterns.

Classroom to Learner Ratio

Table 1: Classroom to Learner Ratio, SY 2019-2020

RegionElementaryJHSSHS
Region I22.8331.0429.24
Region II21.8728.3926.73
Region III31.0035.7729.95
Region IV-A39.3748.3531.95
Region IV-B25.2435.9330.59
Region V26.4039.4832.71
Region VI24.2434.5529.47
Region VII27.0739.3432.70
Region VIII30.1434.1530.77
Region IX31.6540.4631.27
Region X33.5137.4029.24
Region XI31.6540.5331.94
Region XII33.5139.6031.91
CARAGA26.1233.9427.79
BARMM39.5453.7248.02
CAR17.7529.3125.94
NCR45.6747.9831.37
Total29.3038.5830.76
Source: SY 2019-2020 National School Building Inventory

When the school buildings’ inventory was done, 35% of the targeted 75,017 new classrooms had not begun construction. Issues affecting the construction of classrooms include delays in the release of funds, land titles, lack of buildable space, and other administrative roadblocks to construction. The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) capacity to deliver targeted classrooms for construction also plays a critical role in the delays.

Last-mile (remote) schools’ need for quality facilities is urgent. Nine out of 10 schools already have access to electricity and some water supply. However, only eight out of ten Elementary, seven of ten Junior High Schools, and six senior high schools have basic computer packages.

Lastly, only three out of ten schools have institutional access to the internet. In the absence of access to technology, libraries can help bridge the gap in access to education; however, only 30% of Elementary Schools have such facilities.

READ:

The Education Situation of Vulnerable Groups in the Philippines

DepEd Projected Classroom Shortages in Case of Limited to Full Face-to-Face Classes

The Importance of a School-Based Management System (SBM)

Total Number of DepEd Teachers by Position Title and Level of Education

Number of Teachers by Teaching Assignment not in Area of Specialization

The Proportion of Teachers With Teacher III and Master Teacher Positions

Unfilled Positions in DepEd by Regions

Overall Passing Rate in Licensure Examination for Teachers (LET)

Administrative Cases Filed by Private Lending Institutions Against DepEd Personnel

Jasper Klint de la Fuente

High School Teacher ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿฝโ€๐Ÿซ๐ŸŽ| Lifelong Learner ๐Ÿ“š| Passionate about developing the next generation of leaders ๐Ÿ“๐Ÿ’ป๐ŸŽ“

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