With the school opening on Sept. 13

TACLOBAN CITY- With barely two weeks before the opening of this school year, more than 405,000 students so far have enrolled in all public schools in the region.
The Department of Education (DepEd) is calling parents for their children to be enrolled before the September 13 school opening.
Jazmin Calzita, DepEd regional information officer, said that the current number of 405,459 enrollees covering Kindergarten, elementary, junior and senior high, is expected to increase before the start of the opening for this school year.
“This is just initial as other schools have yet to submit their learners’ enrollment and survey forms,” she said.
Calzita also said that they hope parents and other stakeholders will help on their goal to have more enrollment for this school year.
The current number of enrollment as of August 31 represents just around 33 percent from the 1.26 million students’ enrolled last school year.
Based on the data Calzita provided to Leyte Samar Daily Express, 226,278 are now enrolled in the elementary; 128,672 in the junior;50,075 in the senior high; and 434 in the non-graded or learners with special education needs.
Calzita said that just like last year, the method of learning in this school year remains to be mostly modular with some schools still adopting online classes.
Meantime, Calzita said that they hope to address the “challenges” that they have encountered during last school year, the first time that the modular and online method of classes were implemented in the country due to the pandemic caused by coronavirus.
Among these issues were poor internet connection, lack of gadgets mostly on the part of the students, errors in lessons featured in DepEd television and modules, and even mental issues affecting both students and even teachers, among others.