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.
“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:
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