Today, I write about opening time of schools in the Philippines while the school year is now about to close, simply because, any closing time is significant as the opening time.
Everybody knows that as every school year opens, the Department of Education is always shrouded by the frowning problems relative to the delivery of basic educational benefits to the students.
String of problems tangles incapacitatingly the government's thrust on achieving quality education in order to prepare them to live better quality lives in the future.
The influx of new entrants to the schools spells out the glaring problems that include the inadequacy of teachers to handle the classes, classrooms, furniture and fixtures, and books, which also find its fate in their never-ending tales.
In managing and addressing these problems, the department has tapped its creative armory after identifying the areas of immediate concern.
The launching of the Brigada Eskwela now Brigada Eswela Plus during the National Schools Maintenance Week two weeks before the formal opening of classes is a laudable effort between the schools, PTCAs, local government units, and private individuals.
The repair of the physical facilities of the schools including repainting and refurbishing of school structures helped ready the schools for opening.
The parents composing the bigger fraction of the program are empowered to assist the schools in addressing the problems concerning the school's physical condition.
Likewise, local government units are hereby recognized for their initiatives in fielding locally funded teachers to beef up the schools with great number of enrolment.
These initiatives are manifestations of our empowerment as we move towards collectivity.
These moves are not only beneficial to students but also to the community in which the schools are situated.
Therefore, it is incumbent upon the schools to maintain a healthy relationship with their stakeholders in order to perpetuate partnership in support of its programs and policies.
As another school year closes, the challenge remains at hand for schools to muster another plan for launching a collective action on the problems that they are facing so they can be ready for another year to welcome students.