AROUND 27.8 million students are expected to troop today to both public and private schools nationwide for the opening of classes for the 2019-2020 school year, according to the Department of Education (DepEd).
Education Secretary Leonor Briones said enrolment in elementary and high school this year reached 27,817,737, two percent higher than last year’s 27,018, 509.
As early as January up to February, the DepEd conducted early registration for incoming students.
The DepEd launched “Oplan Balik Eskwela” OBE, a week before school opening engaging partners from various sectors to ensure the safe and orderly opening of classes.
According to DepEd, all systems are go for today’s school opening as the agency had made all the necessary preparations through the OBE and “Brigada Eskwela “or National Schools Maintenance Week .
Around 25 million of the total number of students are enrolled in public schools.
For School Year 2019-2020, 2,330,099 are enrolled in kindergarten, 13,271,598 in elementary, 8,527,055 in junior high school and 3,087,646 in senior high school.
The DepEd also expects higher enrolment in the Alternative Learning System (ALS) curriculum.
ALS enrolment in 2018 was recorded at 823,013, which is 28.28 percent higher compared to the 641,584 enrollees in Calendar Year 2017.