The Department of Education in Palawan has already filled in the 215 vacant teaching positions for the coming school year, said Assistant Schools Division Superintendent Rose Vicente, and is now all set for the June 5 class opening.
The said development is a strong improvement from last year where 74 job items were left unfilled. Grades 11 and 12 will now have enough teachers to focus on the curriculum come the opening of classes.
It can be recalled that since the implementation of the K to 12 Project, some teachers, aside from their regular classes, were asked to also fill in the teaching requirements of the Grade 11 students.
Meanwhile, the buildings for Grade 12 students are still on their initial construction. Although the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) has already identified specific locations and initiated construction of the classrooms, it will still take some time before these are completed.
For the meantime, incoming Grade 12 students will be accommodated on vacant LGU facilities or covered courts. Since there are already Grade 11 buildings available, some will also be sharing classrooms with the Grade 12 students. It is expected that because of the new Grade 11 classrooms, more students will be encouraged to enroll this coming school year. In Palawan, there are 79 public schools that now offer Grade 12 classes as per mandate of DepEd.
Nine other private schools and two universities are also offering such class level. School materials have also been delivered to most school districts, except for those in the remote islands.
The Department is continually finding suppliers that can easily deliver materials to the distant islands of Palawan.