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Maasin DepEd to check schools participation rate per barangay

By Bong Pedalino

Maasin City (June 11) -- The City Schools Division of the Department of Education (DepEd) here would go around the seventy (70) barangays comprising the city to see to it that children of school age did enroll in this school year 2009-2010 based on their age level.

This was learned from Fiel Almendra, the OIC-City Schools Division Superintendent.

In an interview with PIA over the phone, Almendra said the participation rate -- the percentage of school age population in a barangay as against those who actually enrolled in the school there -- can be known or computed only by July 30, the date set by the education department as the final enrollment day of all children entering schools following the opening of classes last week.

For the entire Maasin City, there are 61 elementary schools and twelve national high schools, including the newly-opened Ibarra National High School, spread all throughout the 70 barangays of the city.

During the conduct of the inter-agency meeting which tackled "Oplan Balik Eskwela" at barangay Laboon on May 26, or a week before the resumption of classes, City Mayor Maloney Samaco had vowed to bring to schools all children that should be schooled.

In a short talk, Mayor Samaco said one of his 13-point governance agenda focused on education for all, adding that he had set aside some funds to defray school expenses to poor families who cannot afford some basic costs of studying.

Mayor Samaco's foresight on education for the masses led to the establishment of the latest barangay high school in barangay Ibarra, and the Maasin City College for the tertiary level, now in its third year of operations.

Asked how was the enrollment going two weeks after public schools opened, OIC-Supt. Almendra said there was no big change in enrollees this year compared with last year's, except at the Maasin City National High School, which transferred from its previous location inside the Tomas Oppus Pilot School at barangay Mantahan, to the reclamation site at barangay Combado.

Almendra noted that at the new MCNHS site, the two sections per year level have increased to three.

On the usual concerns on lacking classrooms, Almendra expressed hope this can be duly addressed this school year, considering that his office had submitted the needed requests, and the bidding for particular projects was already done, including the supplies and furnitures.

Meanwhile, the city Division Office will celebrate its 6th anniversary of its creation tomorrow, June 12, coinciding with the annual nationwide Independence Day celebration.

Almendra said they will participate in the flag-raising ceremony initiated by the city local government unit, and afterwards they will have an in-house conference.

Almendra assumed the OIC post for the city division on August 5, 2008. (PIA-Southern Leyte) [top]

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