Bad State of Education in Bohol as Legacy of Aumentado Administration

Bad State of Education in Bohol as Legacy of Aumentado Administration

The state of public education particularly elementary and secondary schools in the province appears to be in sad state even as local officials and stakeholders are largely relying on the national government for help.

The situation in the inadequacy of facilities and lack of funds and teaching force is still hounding public education in the province.

But the report of the Department of Education regional office did not include the true picture of tertiary level being run and funded by the government.

This, maybe, prompted the local officials with the participation of multi-sectoral groups to launch the First Bohol Education Summit held at the Bohol Cultural Center on November 10-11, 2011 in a bid to come up with a right direction and courses of actions towards common agenda in improving the education.

In his power-point presentation before the Summit's participants, DepEd regional director Recaredo Borgonia said that the division of Bohol still needs a total of 218 teachers; 230 classrooms and 71,857 seats. The same is true with city division with six (6) teachers and 18 classrooms and 1,883 seats still lacking.

The report of Borgonia, guest speaker of the Summit, however, did not specify how many classrooms and teachers in the elementary and secondary are needed to fill the gap.

Bohol school division is allocated a total of PhP2.3 billion or PhP2,387,779,000 while the city division, PhP170,401,000 for them to operate in a school year.

Like any other government agencies, personnel services or salaries/wages still got the biggest slice of the budget pie. Bohol and city divisions each has a total of PhP2.1 billion and PhP159,868,000, respectively. Their Maintenance and Other Operating Expenditures (MOOE) each (province and city) had a total of PhP95.5+ million and PhP6.5+ million, respectively.

The province got only PhP12,778,000 for capital outlay; lump sum basic facilities, PhP128,628,000; PhP14,126,000, school facilities; and PhP15,175,000, water/sanitation facilities. The amount of PhP611,000 is for regular capital outlay; lump sum basic facilities, PhP1,990,000; PhP724,000, school facilities; and PhP705,000, water/sanitation facilities for city division to operate.

The population in terms of learners of basic education, Borgonia said, reaches a total of 262,671. Bohol division's pupils and students totaled 245,574 (elem-178,159 and secondary-67,415) with corresponding total of 6,653 teachers. The city division has 10,431 for elementary and 6,666, high school and 457 teachers (268 – elem. and189 – secondary).

In terms of the number of institutional rooms, Bohol and city count for total of 6,294 and 421, respectively. The province has 1,060 total number of elementary (917) and secondary (143) schools while the city, 24 (17 – elem. and 7 secondary).

Drop-out rates in province's and city's secondary scored high with 5.63% and 5.33%, but very low in elementary with 1.90% and 1.31%, respectively.

In terms of teacher-pupil/student ratio, the province posted one teacher to 32 pupils and 1:39 in elementary and secondary levels. The city with 1:35 and 1:33 in elementary and high school, respectively, the report bared.