Big increase in enrollees registered in Zambo City PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 05 June 2013 11:39

A noticeable increase in the number of enrollees in the primary level has been registered in this city this year as regular classes began last Monday.

Schools Division Superintendent Pedro Melchor Natividad reported that out of the expected number of enrollees in the 171 elementary schools and 34 high schools in the city, 80 percent have enrolled, a record which is far better than the previous years.

Continued advocacies through the media on DepEd policy of free education in the primary and secondary has contributed a lot in enticing parents to send their children to school, Natividad said.

“I would also like to commend the teachers, barangay officials and other responsible groups who went out of their way to convince parents to send their children to school and avail of the free education offered by the government,” Natividad said.

He said his office has immediately addressed minor complaints on collection of fees and other charges during the enrolment period.

“DepEd policy is very clear that collection during enrolment period is strictly prohibited. The school thru the PTA may collect voluntary contributions or donations from parents in the middle of the school year,” Natividad explained.

Last Monday, Natividad and Mayor Celso Lobregat visited some of the schools in the city especially those where minor problems were encountered during the first day of school.

The newly turned-over 2-storey 24-classrooms building at Don G.E.M.S, Sta. Catalina was among those visited by Lobregat and Natividad.

Vehicles parked illegally outside the Tetuan Central School that hindered traffic flong along Estrada St. were ordered to get away from the area and driver’s licenses of the owners were confiscated. — Jimmy Villaflores