The city of Manila is leading in terms of the highest number of public school enrollees for Academic Year 2020-2021 in the cities of Metro Manila, data from the Department of Education (DepEd) show.
According to the Division of City Schools (DCS)-Manila, there is a total of 289,781 enrollees in public schools in the city, 7.74 percent or 20,809 higher than last year’s 268,972 enrollees as of Tuesday.
Of this number, 182,630 are Kinder to Grade 6 students while 101,151 are high school students.
Data from DCS-Manila also showed that 9,079 private school students transferred to the city’s public schools. About 8,391 students enrolled under the Alternative Learning System (ALS) and Special Education (SPED).
Manila is followed by Caloocan City with 10,009 additional enrollees, Parañaque City with 4,300 additional enrollees, and San Juan City with 1,127 additional enrollees.
DCS-Manila Superintendent Maria Magdalena Lim said they already expected the increase in the number of public school enrollees this year.
“We have anticipated this good challenge of increased enrollment when we received high Day-1 enrollment data despite a little lower national turnout,” she said in a statement on Tuesday.
Lim said they have surpassed their initial target of 268,972 enrollees in the first few days of the enrollment period.
Manila Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso assured they will purchase and distribute P1.065 billion worth of laptops and tablets to public school students and teachers to equip them in the new learning set-up amid the pandemic.
The gadgets, Domagoso said will be distributed before the opening of the school year.