CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- A total of 49 learners who were displaced from Marawi City have been recorded as new enrollees in various public schools in Central Luzon as of June 5, the first day of classes for the School Year 2017-2018.
Based on initial data reports from the 20 schools division offices in Central Luzon, 18 students from Marawi City have enrolled in Angeles City; nine in Zambales, eight in Tarlac province, four in Meycauayan City in Bulacan, four in Gapan City in Nueva Ecija, four in Olongapo City, and two in Aurora.
As part of the necessary assistance currently being accorded to the displaced learners, the Department of Education (DepEd) waived all requirements for enrollment and prepared these schools to accommodate the influx of transferees including the provision for additional learning materials.
“Nagbigay naman ang DepEd Central Office ng orders sa mga regional at division offices na huwag pahirapan yung mga naglilipat na mga estudyante. Maari silang mag-enroll nang hindi kumpleto ang mga enrollment requirements,” DepEd Secretary Leonor Briones said.
DepEd also instructed its personnel to accept enrollees until the end of June to make sure that there would be minimal disruption in the learning.
“We will endeavor to overcome the negative impact of this incident to our students,” Briones added.
Briones noted that based on records, around 20,000 learners are expected to be displaced from Marawi City and it would take time for them and their families to return given that many houses and establishments were destroyed in the armed conflict in the city.
“We will continue to advocate and encourage everyone, including those fighting for their cause to respect schools as zones of peace, protect our children from harm and ensure that their learning will be immune from any and all conflicts,” Briones said.
The DepEd will immediately conduct damage assessment after the area has been cleared and will rehabilitate schools destroyed, replace learning materials lost and with the assistance of its partners, provide schools supplies to learners. (PR)