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DepEd: Students must start attending classes today

A total of 329,034 students in Negros Occidental are expected to troop to public schools as school year 2019 opens today.

Dr. Dennis Develos, assistant schools division superintendent, said the Division of Negros Occidental is ready for the opening of the school year today.

The division covers 19 towns and the cities of Talisay and Victorias including the Negros Occidental High School in Bacolod City.

There are 592 public schools under it of which 499 are elementary schools and 93 secondary schools, records show.

Develos said that formal classes start today as repairs and cleaning of schools were already conducted during the weeklong Brigada Eskwela.

He called on parents to bring their children to schools today.

Develos also reiterated the DepEd’s ‘no payment policy’

“Parents will not pay anything. Other fees such as for the Parents Teachers Association (PTA) are voluntary,” he pointed out.

Schools and teachers who violate the policy will be dealt by the department, Develos said.

Uniforms, he said is also not a requirement.

Records of the provincial DepEd showed that for the past five years there is an increase of one percent in enrollment every year.

Based on this estimate, there will be 31,614 students for kindergarten; 179, 529 for elementary; 112, 078 for junior high school and 5, 814 for senior high.school.

These numbers will still change when we get the final report from the schools, Develos said.

In Bacolod City, a total of 163,000 students are expected to report on the first day of school.

Dr. Cynthia Demavivas, city schools superintendent, said of the total projection, 67,000 are in elementary and 48,000 in high school.

A total of 69 public elementary and high schools in Bacolod are under DepEd Bacolod, data shows.

Demavivas said that enrollment increased by 6,000 students this school year.

She attributed the increase in enrollment to the transferees from the private schools to the public schools because of rising tuition.* (NDB, Photo by TDG)

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