Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte has assured residents of quality education even under a blended system of learning which will be implemented in the coming school year due to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic.
“Even as we shift to a blended system of learning, parents and students can expect our support to ensure quality education from our schools,” Belmonte said as she reported that 404,446 students have enrolled in the city’s 156 public schools for the coming school year.
This number represents 95.38% percent of the city government’s target of around 424,000 students.
“We anticipated a low turnout this year mainly because of the concern of parents regarding the pandemic but we were pleasantly surprised with the number of enrollees,” said Belmonte.
Based on the latest report from the city Schools Division Office, elementary students (Kinder to Grade 6) account for 224,195, while 153,145 Junior High School students (Grade 7 to 10) have signed up for the coming school year.
Meanwhile, 27,106 students have enrolled in Senior High School (Grade 11 to 12) as well as non-graded special education. The city recorded 424,042 enrollees last school year.
Education Affairs Unit Head Aly Medalla said the city still expects the numbers to climb due to the Department of Education’s late enrollment policy.
“We are glad parents decided to enroll their children since the Schools Division Office together with the city has prepared for the new learning system, which allows students to learn and attend classes from home,” Medalla said.
The Local School Board, chaired by Belmonte, approved a P2.9 billion supplemental budget for its learning continuity plan to adapt to the new normal in teaching and learning, with face-to-face classes indefinitely suspended.
Under the plan, the city will provide learning packets containing flash drives, printed modules, and school supplies for all its public school learners as well as tablets for students enrolled in junior and senior high school.
Meanwhile, blended learning simulations were conducted last July 6-10 where school heads along with teachers identified challenges during said trials.
According to Schools Division Superintendent Dr. Jenilyn B. Corpuz, the Schools Division Office is currently looking at areas for improvement in preparation for the August 24 class opening.