Bekasi to build more classrooms
The Jakarta Post
The Bekasi administration is expected to build 152 more classrooms for state-run elementary schools and junior high schools this year, allocating a total budget of Rp 60 billion (US$4.5 million).
Bekasi Housing, Settlement and Land Agency head Dadang Ginanjar said Monday that the current number of classrooms in the city were far below the adequate level.
He said that currently the city had 3,254 elementary school classrooms and 955 junior high school classrooms, while they need 5,194 and 1,137, respectively.
Meanwhile, Bekasi Education Agency secretary Inayatullah said that the lack of space had forced the agency to crowd more students into existing classrooms.
"The ideal number is 30 students for each classroom. We have 40 students now,” she said as quoted by tempo.co.
She added that schooling was done in two shifts, allowing a room to be used in the morning by one class and in the afternoon by another.
The plan to add more classrooms comes less than a month after a roof collapsed at State Senior High School 1 Muara Gembong in February and injured 28 students. (idb)
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