TACLOBAN CITY- Passers of the teachers’ board but still in the lookout for work need not worry.

This after the regional office of the Department of Education (DepEd) announces that it needs more than 3,000 new teachers for this school year which is to start on June 1.

Mercy Sarmiento, information officer of the DepEd, said that for the elementary level alone which includes the kindergarten, at least 1,726 new teachers will be needed to fill up the same number of vacancies.For the secondary level, at least 1,285 are also needed.

At present, there are 24,377 teachers in the elementary and kindergarten while there are 10,125 teachers in the secondary level.
“With the hiring of new teachers, not only we can achieve the ideal 1 is to 45 teacher to student ratio but we can even reduce it to 1 is to 30 teacher to student ratio,” Sarmiento said.

This way, quality of education could be achieved considering that a teacher will now be handling lesser number of students, she added.
The basic pay of a teacher now stands at more than P19, 000.

Sarmiento said that the department has started since April the hiring of the needed teachers across the region.
She said that at present, there are schools in the region that go even beyond the ideal ratio due to lack of teachers.
“But there are also schools which have 1 is to 32 ratio which is much lower compare to the ideal ratio,” Sarmiento said.

Meantime, Sarmiento said that all is now set for the opening of the new school year.
She said that beginning on June 1, the first day of classes, students need not worry that they will be ask to clean their school surroundings.

“It will be a regular school day as all our school rooms are now ready as we have already cleaned them up during our Brigada Eskwela,” Sarmiento said.
For this school year, the DepEd in the region projects more than a million students who will be trooping back to their respective schools.