MANILA – A total of 23,987,944 students have already enrolled in public and private schools nationwide as of September 1 this year for school year 2020-2921, but the number is expected to further increase following the government’s decision defer the opening of classes from August 24 to October 5 this year.
The Department of Education (DepEd) reported that of the number already enrolled, 22,019,105 learners are in public schools while1,923,179 are in private schools.
The same report said 398,754 on the enrollees in public schools are transferees from private schools, 243,983 of whom are elementary students, 106,120 are junior high school students, 42,054 are senior high school students, and 6,597 are learners with disabilities.
The enrollees were from kindergarten to senior high school, as well as learners with disabilities and those taking the alternative learning system.
Education Secretary Leonor Briones earlier said DepEd had recommended the deferment of the opening of classes “in response to the implications of imposition of Modified Enhanced Community Quarantine (MECQ) in Metro Manila and in the provinces of Cavite, Bulacan, Laguna, and Rizal.”
Briones said DepEd will use distance learning and online learning after Duterte rejected face-to-face classes amid the threat of the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic.