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DepEd XI: ‘Public schools more than ready’ to welcome students

MORE THAN 2,000 public schools in Davao Region will join the nationwide opening of classes on Aug. 29.

During the Davao City Disaster Radio episode on Aug. 28, Department of Education (DepEd XI) spokesperson Jenielito Atillo said that public schools are ready to welcome the school year 2023-2024.

Tung nilabay pang mga semana, nagpreparar na sa pag abri sa mga klase. Ang nindot ani kay bitbit-bitbit nila ilang pamilya duyog sa ilaha sa pagpreparar sa atong mga classroom para sa mga bata ugmang adlawa (For the past few weeks, they have been preparing for the opening of classes. The good thing about this is they brought their families along with them to prepare our classrooms for the children tomorrow),” Atillo said.

The schools have also complied with DepEd Order No. 21 s. 2023 or the 2023 Brigada Eskwela Implementing Guidelines, specifically in maintaining clean schools. 

Vice President and DepEd Secretary Sara Duterte’s order to take down posters and other decorations that may distract learners earned mixed reactions from netizens.

But Atillo said that there should be no confusion as the order only meant to remove “unnecessary artwork, decorations, tarpaulin and posters.” These include unnecessary posting of the list of cleaners or birthdays of the students.

Naa man puy uban nga nanobra na pud (There are others who went too far with their decorations],” he stressed.

Meanwhile, the official told parents who were not able to enroll after the Aug. 26 deadline to inquire from their respective schools for exemptions. 

“Enrollment [have] ended pero kasagaran sa experience mo extend pila ka semana (but usually in my experience, it is extended for a few more weeks),  two weeks at the most, [let us] wait for the official declaration of the DepEd Secretary,” Atillo said.

The official urged the students to be punctual on the first day as attendance is already being checked. 

In accordance with RA 11480, otherwise known as “An act to lengthen the school calendar from 200 days to not more than 220 class days,” S.Y. 2023-2024 will formally open on Aug. 29 and end on June 14.


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