Education of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao said it is preparing for a smooth transition to the new Bangsamoro government with agency’s addressing the issue on classroom gaps by 2016.
“There are 400 school-less communities around the region. Initially, we were able to build 1,110 learning centers in these areas while we are evaluating the possibility of constructing additional school buildings,” said Jamar Kulayan, the region’s education secretary.
“Hopefully by 2016, the issue on lack of classrooms will be addressed,” he said.
Kulayan said that of the target 1,032 new classrooms for 2012, close to 700 are now 100-percent completed or around 65% of the target.
For 2013, he said, there are ongoing 1,000 classroom rehabilitations and 500 new classroom constructions.
Kulayan said the purging of ghost teachers and pupils has helped curb the problem on teacher and classroom shortage and allowed resources to be spent accordingly.
ARMM is composed of the provinces of Maguindanao, Lanao del Sur, Basilan, Sulu and Tawi-Tawi and the cities of Marawi and Lamitan where 800,000 students trooped to various schools in the region. (Bureau of Public Information)