Class opening to push through in Marawi, Briones says

Roxanne Arevalo, ABS-CBN News

Posted at May 24 2018 02:10 AM

MARAWI CITY - Education Secretary Leonor Briones on Wednesday said opening of classes in war-torn Marawi City will push through in June despite shortage of school facilities.

"The important thing is we open together with the rest of the country. We are not going to isolate regions," she said.

Of the 69 schools affected by the war, some 29 have to be rebuilt while others need major repairs.

To accommodate all students, Briones said they will put up temporary learning spaces. They will also recycle learning materials.

On Wednesday, the Department of Education also launched its Oplan Balik Eskwela in Amai Pakpak Central School.

Oplan Balik Eskwela is part of the agency's efforts "to ensure learners are properly enrolled and able to attend school on the first day of classes." 

Teachers at Amai Pakpak Central School expect a high number of enrollees this year since it is the only central school not affected by the months-long war.

"Ito nalang ang natitirang central school dito sa kabila," Fatimah Hamdar said.

Some teachers also expressed concern that some rooms are still used as storage area for undistributed aid.

"Paano namin lilinisin kung andiyan sa loob 'yung mga relief goods. Ipapamigay man 'yan tapos 'di pa nakuha lahat," Juanita Jalaran said.