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Lower House seeks to limit class size in public schools

Kabaybayunan Festival. Forget about Boracay, there are other spots to enjoy the Philippines such as the Kabaybayunan Festival that is held every summer in Opol, Misamis Oriental. Photos by Gerry Lee Gorit

A technical working group (TWG) of the House committee on basic education and culture has started fine tuning House Bill 473, which seeks to regulate the class size in all public schools in the country.

The proposed measure, also known as the “Public School Class Size Law of 2016” also seeks to prescribe additional compensation for teachers handling large size classes. In a meeting presided

by TWG head Rep. Mark Go, the bill’s author, Rep. Antonio Tinio explained that oversized classes in public school classrooms is against the constitutional guaranteed right of Filipino school children to quality

education. He pointed out that classrooms in the country are among the most crowded in Asia per data of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Culture Organization (UNESCO)

Institute for Statistics. “The country’s public elementary schools’ average class size of 43.9 is far bigger than Malaysia’s 31.7, Thailand’s 22.9, Japan’s 23.6, and India’s 40,” said Tinio. The same data shows

that public high schools in the country have even larger average size of class of 56.1 students. It is no longer uncommon, according to Tinio, to see teachers handling classes See schools, page 11

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