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DepEd surpasses goal with more than 28.7M enrollees

The number of students enrolled nationally has surpassed the Department of Education’s (DepEd) target of 28.6 million for the school year (S.Y.) 2022–2023, according to figures released on Tuesday.

With more than 3.5 million enrolled students, Region IV-A (Calabarzon or the provinces of Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal, and Quezon) had the largest registration, followed by the National Capital Region with about 2.5 million students.

Additionally, the DepEd said that the nationwide reopening of classes went usually without a hitch.

DepEd official Michael Poa stated in a Viber message that no suspicious situations were recorded throughout the day.

“[The] preliminary evaluation from all regions is that the school opening went without a hitch. The learners are taught in a maayos and payapa manner (The opening of classes was orderly and peaceful). There have been no egregious occurrences, he said.

Irish Monleon, a Grade 7 public school teacher in Cavite, reported that despite the threat posed by the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19), her class during the morning shift of the school also went well.

“Everyone is following the health program and is really enthusiastic about the bagets. Okay, so long as you adhere to the healthy routine, you can meet face-to-face. Iba pa rin ang pagkatuto sa nakikita ng mga mag-aaral ang kanilang guro at nasa paaralan (Everyone followed health regulations, and the children were ecstatic.) As long as the bare minimum of safety precautions are taken, face-to-face instruction is acceptable. If students can actually see their teachers in the classroom, learning is much different, she told the Philippine News Agency.

She remarked that they have made sufficient preparations for the start of sessions and have even provided health, safety, and hazard guides for the students.

“We have signs that are needed in the classroom, such as an evacuation map, a sign for health protocol, boxes for answer sheets, and a health declaration form,” the teacher continued.

However, Monleon emphasized the need for parental guidance in helping pupils and urged her kids to pursue their aspirations despite the threat posed by Covid-19.

Supposed absence of chairs

After images of students sitting on the floor in a Manila school appeared on social media, the DepEd-National Capital Region (NCR) published its explanation.

The DepEd-NCR denounced the tweet for appearing to “malign the teachers” and the involved organization in a statement.

“The teacher of the subject featured in the post stated that she purposefully moved the seats to accommodate group activities for orientation and psychosocial support chores… A breach or violation of data privacy law could result from the alleged uploading of the photo on social media that exposed the minor learners’ identities and faces without their parents’ or guardians’ permission. Even worse, the post was maliciously created with the intention of defaming Jose Abad Santos High School’s staff members, according to the DepEd-NCR.

According to the regional administration, the aforementioned school really has “more chairs” than students.

The school has 3,179 chairs in total, including 1,859 armchairs, 1,200 desk chairs, and 120 lab chairs, according to the property custodian. The school has an average of fifty-one (51) seats per classroom, which is more than enough to accommodate the students, according to the DepEd, which noted that there are sixty-two (62) instructional classrooms.

Poa, on the other hand, claimed that despite some “overcrowding” concerns, the remainder of the class’s reopening was relatively calm.

There were overpopulation concerns for the parents. Their requests for enrollment certificates are one of the causes. Apart from that, it was a nationwide back-to-school that went smoothly, he added.

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