Rather than proposing September (rainy season) as the new school season opener which, by the way, SUCKS and getting rid of mid-year break which again sucks, can DepEd come up with something shrewd? Anyone?
The IDEA of supplementing the classroom issue of teacher-student ratio may not have a solution in a ballooning population like ours where rising (budget) deficits, infrastructure shortage, and hazy standards is such an issue even DepEd does not have a long term fix. With too many students how can we augment the quality of education where current teacher roster cannot suffice the needed attention in a constricted classroom — as in one on one?
I wish that you—you personally and every creative individual and organization you know—will find a way to directly engage with a public school in your area, and that you’ll then tell the story of how you got involved, so that within a year we have 1,000 examples of innovative public-private partnerships — Dave Eggers
One wild solution Mr. Eggers did was to involve willing individuals and organizations in the US despite a more copious setting than ours. The same approach can be replicated in ‘Pinas especially after Ondoy and Pepeng mayhem where school kids have no classroom to return to in the next few months or so. Has this idea been done here?
Why not involve LOCALS (e.g. Municipio/Kapitolyo/Cityhall, Barangay Offices, NGOS, etc.) as spare time teachers where a single individual or team of employees (during lean hours we see them puff cigarettes, insignificant chitchat, or dressed in their sleepy head) can contribute for something. Picture this, say, on a Thursday and Friday. What if they are given 1 or 2 grade schooler, at least 1 hour, 2 times a week for a tutorial task inside their working time and area? Consider it as workload, it may not be much but one hour of good education can count for something than a 40-plus classroom, more so, it will enhance teaching skills which is innate in all of us.
Dave Eggers TED video: http://www.ted.com/talks/dave_eggers_makes_his_ted_prize_wish_once_upon_a_school.html | Website: http://onceuponaschool.org/