In order to address the issue of overcrowding in schools, the Department of Education (DepEd) is considering the implementation of a three-day school week.
Double-shifting is another option that the DepEd is looking into, where there are two schedules of classes daily: one from 6 am to 12 noon, and another from 12 noon to 6 p.m.
The three-day school week, if it ever pushes through, would be every Monday, Wednesday and Friday (MWF) for one batch, and every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday (TThS) for another, from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.
“We are better prepared,” said DepEd National Captain Region director Luz Almeda, in a philstar.com report. “We have planned very well to make sure principals are on top of the situation in case there will be a surplus of enrollment. If there will be additional enrollees, we will let them stay in holding areas either in a covered court or open space so regular classes can already start.”
The good thing about the 3-day school school week would be the lessened volume of students each day, said Education Assistant Jesus Mateo, in a live interview with GMA News TV’s “Balitanghali” program.
Such a scheme would only affect a certain number of public schools, particularly the congested ones in the National Capital Region (NCR), and it would only be for older students (from Grade 5 and above).
For upcoming schoolyear 2014-2015, DepEd indicated the following 20 NCR schools as being congested:
1.Payatas B Elementary School (ES)
2.Pres. Corazon Aquino ES
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3.San Diego ES
4.Holy Spirit Nation High School (HS)
5.San Bartolome HS
6.North Fairview HS in Quezon City
7.Tinajeros National HS (Acacia Annex)
8.Potrero National HS
9.Catmon Integrated School in Malabon City
10.Sampaloc Site II ES
11.Don Galo ES in Parañaque City
12.Bagong Tanyag (Annex B)
13.Bagong Tanyag ES (Annex A) in Taguig City
14.Bagong Silang ES
15.Caloocan North ES
16.Libis Baesa ES (Baesa Annex)
17.Sampaguita HS in Caloocan City
18.Captain Albert Aguilar National HS
19.Kalayaan National HS in Las Piñas City
20.Sto. Niño National High School in Marikina City.
According to Almeda, parents prefer double-shifting over the 3-day school week. She also noted that the total number of enrollees in public school this year is 0.27 percent higher than that of last year.
The Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) is supportive of the 3-day school week plan. It would even be better than the earlier proposed 4-day school week, said MMDA chairman Francis Tolentino in an interview with mb.com.ph, as it would alleviate the heavy traffic situation in Metro Manila.
Mateo also noted that while students in specific public schools would be directly affected by major road projects, they would need to first observe the turnout of classes in public schools before making a decision. Classes open on June 2.