Senate pushes for more left-handed chairs in schools

MANILA All educational institutions will soon be required to provide classroom chairs specially designed for left-handed students.

This, as the bill institutionalizing such requirement, has hurdled final reading at the Senate.

During Monday's plenary session, the Upper Chamber approved with 17 affirmative votes and no negative vote House Bill 8654, which mandates public and private educational institutions to provide the appropriate armchairs to left-handed students.

Under the bill, the left-handed armchairs provided must be equivalent to at least 10 percent of the student population.

The institutions will eventually provide neutral desks to all students.

The Department of Education, the Commission on Higher Education, and the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority shall be in charge of formulating the rules and regulations, including the administrative penalties for the non-compliance of the act.

Senator Sonny Angara said the bill aims to promote the equal development of students, including those who are left-handed.

Currently, the education department provides two left-handed armchairs for every 40 to 45 students in public schools in the elementary, junior, and senior high schools. (PNA)

Source: Philippines News Agency

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