A transport strike and the perennial lack of teachers and classrooms welcomed about 27 million students back to school on Monday, June 5, according to reports gathered by NewsCentral.PH.
Education Secretary Leonor Briones said schools nationwide still lacked around 47,000 classrooms, and some 53,000 high school teachers.
Briones also said the Department of Education has allotted more hotlines to accommodate school opening-related requests, complaints, and suggestions.
DepEd command centers, Briones added, would remain open from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday to Sunday until June 16.
The DepEd also coordinated with the Philippine National Police (PNP) for the safety of the students, especially in some areas that have been put on “heightened alert”.
And as if teacher and classroom woes weren’t enough, commuting students and their parents had to deal with a lack of transportation as the Pinagkaisahang Samahan ng mga Tsuper at Operator Nationwide (Piston) went on strike against the government’s jeepney modernization plan.
Tension broke out between protesting jeepney drivers and officials of the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) along Eat Avenue in Quezon City on Monday, according to a live radio report.
No other details were provided as of posting time.