Netizens’ complaints: No chairs, broken toilets, outdated books in public schools

Cesar Garcia
Netizens’ complaints: No chairs, broken toilets, outdated books in public schools


Netizens highlight the ways in which an overburdened public school system affects students and teachers

MANILA, Philippines – Before public schools officially begin classes on Monday, June 4, the Department of Education (DepEd) conducted Brigada Eskwela, its annual initiative to get everyone involved in ensuring that school facilities, students, and parents are all ready for the start of the school year.

In an interview during Brigada Eskwela activities, Vice Mayor Ronnel Español of Alabel, Sarangani, explained the importance of such activities.

“Ang kahalagahan ng Brigada Eskwela ay upang ihanda natin ang ating mga paaralan, upang sa gayon ang ating mga estudyante ay maengganyo na pumasok sa kanikanilang paaralan,” he said. 

(The importance of Brigada Eskwela is that it prepares our schools, and encourages our students to attend their respective schools.)

Español also encouraged DepEd officials and students to participate in such activities.

“Ang pagprepara sa paaralan, hindi lang ito trabaho ng mga magtuturo o guro, kundi pati ng mga opisyales at mga kabataan, na dapat magtulungan para ihanda ang ating paaralan,” he said.

(Preparing schools is not just a job for teachers, but also for officials and the youth, who must help one another in readying our schools.)

Netizens, responding to callouts made by Rappler on what they view as key issues in the public school system, had much to say.

Some brought up the quality of teaching:

Many also worried about the availability of classrooms, as well as the student-teacher ratios: 

Netizens also expressed concern about the books being used, and the conditions of classrooms and restrooms:

Some netizens are also worried about how the public school system may be overburdening students and parents with fees, school supplies, and obligatory contributions: 

Finally, one netizen suggested ways of incentivizing greater school attendance from students, a theme touched on by Vice Mayor Español: 

By and large, netizens are concerned about how the condition of public school facilities could affect students’ education. Concern was also shown for the teachers working under the same conditions:

How do you feel about the state of our public schools? Share your thoughts on publishing platform X–, with report from Rhoda May Ebad

Cesar Garcia is a Rappler intern.

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