214k students return to public schools in Zambo Print
Monday, 05 June 2017 14:04

Some 214,285 students from kindergarten to senior high school are expected to return to public schools in Zamboanga City as the Department of Education (DEPED) officially starts classes for academic year 2017-2018, today, June 5.

As this developed, contingency plans are in place to ensure the orderly and peaceful opening of classes in the city. These plans have been prepared in several meetings convened by the local government together with the security sector, education officials and other stakeholders.

DEPED Asst. Regional Director and Division of City Schools OIC Superintendent Pete Natividad said the projected figure of 214,285 students for this school year is slightly higher compared to last year’s figure of 203,189.

Of the total 214, 285 students to return to public schools this year, 16, 671 are in kindergarten; 129, 912 in elementary; 58,232 in junior high school and 9,470 in senior high school.

During the 2016-2017 school year, kindergarten population was 16,185; elementary 126,128; junior high school – 56,536 while in senior high school – 56,536.

Prior to the opening of classes today, the DEPED spearheaded the Brigada Eskwela from May 15-20, a national schools’ maintenance program aimed to prepare public school facilities for the new school year.

As part of the city’s infrastructure program, Mayor Beng Climaco has turned over various school buildings to support the education sector. (Sheila Covarrubias/PR)