DepEd foresees 2.7% hike in 2014 enrolment PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 03 June 2014 11:23

The Department of Education- Division of City Schools expects a 2.7% increase in enrolment rate for school year 2014-2015 citing the trend for the past 3 years.

From last year’s record of 197,217 students in secondary and elementary schools, the number of enrolees this year is anticipated to soar to 202,542, according to Acting City Schools Superintendent Pedro Melchor Natividad.

For private schools, the number of enrolees from kinder to high school is expected to reach 20,685 from last year’s record of 20,155.

“We expect more or less 202,542 students for public schools and 20,685 for private schools or above learners from kinder to high school, with an average enrolment growth rate of 2.7% for the past 3 years,” Natividad said.

Classes in public schools –both elementary and secondary— in the city and other parts of the country opened yesterday, June 2, but registration continues based on DepEd’s policy not to turn down students.

Of the total 197,217 public school students recorded during school year 2013-2014- 49,870 were in high school while 147,347 were in the elementary level. The record in private schools show that out of the total 20,155 students enrolled last year- 8,690 were high school students, 7,975 were elementary students while 3,450 were enrolled in kinder.

There were a total of 5,168 teachers –1,693 were teaching in high school, while 3,475 were teaching in elementary.

The Zamboanga City Division has a total of 133 elementary schools and 34 secondary schools spread out in the different school districts in Districts 1 and 2.

Meanwhile, to ensure that education needs of students from schools severely damaged during the September siege are met, the DepEd has launched the collaborative Brigada Eskwela initiative.

The Sta. Barbara Central School holds classes at the campus of the Zamboanga East and West Central School where 23 classrooms- 3 of which are makeshift rooms courtesy of the United Nations International Children Emergency Fund (UNICEF) are made available, while the Mariki Elementary School holds classes at the campus of the Baliwasan Central School where 11 classrooms- 2 of which are makeshift rooms courtesy of UNICEF are allotted. — Sheila Covarrubias