DepEd: Enrollment has reached 24M

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    FOUR days before classes start on October 5, the Department of Education (DepEd) said it has almost hit the target number of enrollees for this school year.

    DepEd Undersecretary Alain Pascua said 24,720,714 students have so far enrolled in public and private schools nationwide, equivalent to 89.01% of the total number of last year’s enrollees that stood at more than 27 million.

    Of the total enrollees so far, 22,500,863 are students who enrolled in DepEd-run schools across the country, which is 99.68% of the total number of enrollees in 2019.

    There were 2,165,196 were students who opted to continue their studies in private schools, equivalent to 50.30% of the more four million enrollees last year.

    The Alternative Learning System has a total of 394,274 enrollees or 53.28% of last year’s total number of enrollees.

    Pascua reminded parents that all public schools in the country will continue receiving enrollees until the last day of November 2020.

    Meanwhile, the San Juan government has turned over free laptops, tablets and other learning devices to the city’s public school students.

    In all, 2,500 tablets, 1,000 laptops, and 1,000 pocket WiFs were distributed yesterday.

    San Juan Mayor Francis Zamora said students from Grades 3 to 6 of Pinaglabanan Elementary School will receive laptops and pocket WiFis as part of the Department of Information and Communication’s Digital Learning project.

    He added the rest of elementary and high school students from other public schools in San Juan will receive one tablet each. – Noel Talacay with Christian Oineza