Surigao Norte is ready for school opening

The entire province of Surigao del Norte is ready for the school opening this year, Gov. Sol Matugas said during the recently held “Kapihan sa Kapitolyo” on Wednesday, June 1.

Gov. Matugas assured all Surigaonons that the three Department of Education divisions of the province namely, Surigao City, Surigao del Norte and Siargao and other concerned agencies have been properly coordinated and informed to ensure the smooth opening of classes next week.

In her report, Surigao City Asst. Schools Division Superintendent Dr. Evelyn Fetalvero said the division is in need of 21 teachers and 13 classrooms so that they can open kindergarten classes for the barangay schools of Surigao City.

To address the problem, Fetalvero said they are bent on hiring 14 volunteer teachers with an allowance of P3,000 and nine volunteer teachers with a stipend of P1,500. They will also temporarily utilize the principal’s office or the multipurpose rooms of the school to address the problem of lack of classrooms.

While the division of Surigao Norte holds the biggest number of elementary schools, Schools Division Supt. Dr. Fidela Rosas assured parents that they have enough classrooms especially for pre-schoolers when classes opens next week.

Rosas said they will also make use of any existing classrooms, even those which are being used as administrative buildings such as the principal’s office.

“We don’t want pre-school pupils to be out of the classrooms because they are the most vulnerable group of learners,” said Rosas.

Meantime, Schools Division Supt. Teresita Tranquilan of Siargao Island division revealed that as of today, around 1,500 pre-schoolers have already enrolled.

She also said that around 44 schools in Siargao have received repair funds from the Department of Education amounting to P50,000 per school. “I am also happy to inform everyone that with the initiative of Cong. Lalo Matugas, we also received P25Million for the construction of 16 new school buildings in partnership with the local government units,” Tranquilan said. (PIA-Surigao del Norte)

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