22M students back to school today

August 28, 2023 Arlene Rivera 83 views

OVER 22 million students and pupils from public and private schools all over the country will start attending classes on Aug 29 for the 2023-2024 school year, the Department of Education (DepEd) said.

Meanwhile, private schools may choose to start classes “not later than the last day of August,” pursuant to Republic Act 11480, the DepEd added.

According to DepEd, the enrollees are from public and private schools. It also included enrollees in State Universities and Colleges (SUCs) and Local Universities and Colleges (LUCs) that offer basic education programs.

Latest data from the Learner Information System (LIS) Quick Count revealed the total number of registered students for SY 2023-2024 has reached 22,381,555.

Region IV-A has the highest number of enrollees, with 3,446,304, followed by Region III, with 2,527,661 and in the National Capital Region (NCR) with 2,468,170.

The DepEd has also reactivated its Oplan Balik Eskwela- Public Assistance Command Center (OBE-PACC) to cater to stakeholders’ queries and concerns related to enrollment and other school opening matters.

The PACC started its operations on August 15 and was set up at the DepEd Central Office in Pasig City.

The national launch of the 2023 Oplan Balik Eskwela (OBE) also started on the same date.

The OBE-PACC will accommodate queries of parents, learners, and other stakeholders received through hotlines, emails, SMS and social media relevant to enrollment and the opening of classes.

Vice President and Education Secretary Sara Duterte will visit Kaluangan 1 Primary School Asturias in Cebu on the first day of classes