IN PHOTOS: 2nd pandemic school opening in the Philippines

Classes in the Philippines for school year 2021-2022 resumed on Monday, September 13, even as campuses remained closed due to the persisting COVID-19 pandemic.

For the second time under a state of a pandemic, over 24 million students started classes using the distance learning system.

As of Monday morning, some two million of last year's students have yet to enroll. Data from the Department of Education (DepEd) showed 24,603,822 public and private school students have registered as of September 13. The figure is 93.8% of last school year’s more than 26.2 million registered students.

The DepEd announced that it was extending enrollment until September 30, hoping to match last year's enrollment.

At a school opening program on Monday, Education Secretary Leonor Briones said that the call to continue education triumphed over calls for lockdowns and closures.

"We opened classes last year. We successfully ended them. Now we are opening another school year. Isn’t that success worthy of celebration?" she asked.

Briones' statement last school year, that the school opening was a success, drew public ire as the Philippines battled the pandemic and millions of students lacked the technology – from gadgets to internet access – for the digital shift. The same issues also welcomed the school opening this year.

Below are some scenes from this school year's opening across the country:

REMOTE TEACHING. Public school teacher Nestor Reyes of Jose Abad Santos High School starts the first day of with a short orientation as he addresses his student from a small studio setup inside his home in Binindo, Manila.

ONLINE LEARNING. Public school teacher Nestor Reyes of Jose Abad Santos High School meets with his students via ZOOM during the first day of classes.

TEACHING. Leah Aranez guides her 8-year-old daughter Kesha, a Grade 2 student of the Atienza Elementary School, during the child's online class while tending their sari-sari store in Baseco Compound in Tondo, Manila.

FIRST MEETING. Public school teacher Pauline Marie Marasigan-Romero of Rafael Palma Elementary School prepares her desk before her meeting with her new students.

FIRST DAY. Public school teacher Pauline Marie Marasigan-Romero of Rafael Palma Elementary School talks to her students during the first day of online classes.

BACK-TO-SCHOOL. Parents of a Grade 8 student from Noveleta National High in Barangay San Rafael, Cavite, receive the first quarter learning modules as school year 2021-2022 starts on September 13, 2021.

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PROTEST. Members of the Alliance of Concerned Teachers welcome the opening of school year 2021-2021 by conducting a sunrise protest at the Mendiola Bridge in Manila. They call on the government to immediately release all their benefits and to ensure the teacher's rights and welfare.

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– Rappler.com