An estimated 8,844 students are expected to be the first batch of high school graduates in Palawan under the government’s “K to 12 Program”.
The figure comes from a total of 79 public and 10 private schools in Palawan, which has a combined 477 functional classrooms, according to Department of Education (DepEd)-Palawan Assistant Division Superintendent Rose Vicente.
Speaking at the Philippine Information Agency (PIA)’s Kapihan program Thursday, Vicente said they were pleased with the program’s outcome despite the difficulties they had faced including the backlog in the construction of classrooms.
“I could say we are very successful in the implementation of the K12 except for some difficulties encountered in the number of classrooms,” she said.
She attributed the problem to the difficulty of transporting construction materials to remote areas where the projects were being undertaken. Many schools, she added, were also located on properties that had no titles and covered only by tax declarations.
DepEd-Palawan Division Engineer Jocelyn Rivas noted that the construction of over 500 classrooms had been delayed during the period between 2014 and 2016.
“Add to these is that the DENR sometimes has a problem issuing permits for the aggregates,” she said.
There are currently 19,510 Senior High students in the province, which is expected to increase when Junior High graduates enroll.
“But we have more than enough. In fact, we have schools included in their plans more classrooms for future Senior High students. When all these classrooms are completed, we won’t have problems anymore,” Vicente stated.