27.2 million students troop to schools nationwide

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MANILA, Philippines – Around 27.2 million students moved back to schools nationwide as the school year 2019-2020 officially opened on Monday, June 3.

Department of Education (DepEd) acknowledged it is ready to start the new academic year after weeks of preparations from its Brigada Eskwela operations and early registration that aimed to help the department prep for possible concerns when the new year comes.

The new school year opening comes as some public schools still face the recurrent problem of the availability of classrooms, especially in highly populated areas of Metro Manila. Teachers in Bagong Silangan, Quezon City, for instance, reported the lack of classrooms has forced some 80 to 100 students to fit inside a single room.

Secretary Leonor Briones of DepEd earlier stated the growing population of school children has given way to an “increasing number of challenges.” Despite this, she gave assurances the DepEd was expanding efforts “to deliver quality, accessible, relevant, and liberating basic education.”

DepEd convened its task force “Oplan Balik-Eskwela,” in line with class openngs that included officials from the Philippine National Police, Department of Health, Department of Interior and Local Government, Department of Social Welfare and Development, and Department of Trade and Industry, among others.

Some agencies will be responsible for ensuring the safety of students on Monday and will also provide support for learners throughout the year. Backing for students includes access to health care, assistance during crisis or emergency situations, and road safety, among others.

Briones also added the department will continue to expand its Alternative Learning System for the coming school year.

Separately from this, DepEd stated it would continue its school-based feeding and last mile schools. It will also prioritize the establishment schools in barangays without elementary schools, and in areas which lack secondary schools.

Briones stated that with the K-12 program in its 4th year of implementation, a review of the DepEd curriculum is being planned. In the meantime, teachers are also likely to obtain professional development through the National Educators Academy of the Philippines.

MANILA, Philippines – Around 27.2 million students moved back to schools nationwide as the school year 2019-2020 officially opened on Monday, June 3.

Department of Education (DepEd) acknowledged it is ready to start the new academic year after weeks of preparations from its Brigada Eskwela operations and early registration that aimed to help the department prep for possible concerns when the new year comes.

The new school year opening comes as some public schools still face the recurrent problem of the availability of classrooms, especially in highly populated areas of Metro Manila. Teachers in Bagong Silangan, Quezon City, for instance, reported the lack of classrooms has forced some 80 to 100 students to fit inside a single room.

Secretary Leonor Briones of DepEd earlier stated the growing population of school children has given way to an “increasing number of challenges.” Despite this, she gave assurances the DepEd was expanding efforts “to deliver quality, accessible, relevant, and liberating basic education.”

DepEd convened its task force “Oplan Balik-Eskwela,” in line with class openngs that included officials from the Philippine National Police, Department of Health, Department of Interior and Local Government, Department of Social Welfare and Development, and Department of Trade and Industry, among others.

Some agencies will be responsible for ensuring the safety of students on Monday and will also provide support for learners throughout the year. Backing for students includes access to health care, assistance during crisis or emergency situations, and road safety, among others.

Briones also added the department will continue to expand its Alternative Learning System for the coming school year.

Separately from this, DepEd stated it would continue its school-based feeding and last mile schools. It will also prioritize the establishment schools in barangays without elementary schools, and in areas which lack secondary schools.

Briones stated that with the K-12 program in its 4th year of implementation, a review of the DepEd curriculum is being planned. In the meantime, teachers are also likely to obtain professional development through the National Educators Academy of the Philippines.

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