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Gov't focuses on education as new school calendar begins

Tacloban City (June 6) -- The PGMA Administration is focused on issues of education as the new school calendar began on June 3, 2009 and will end on March 31, 2009 as stipulated by DepEd Order number 20, series of 2009.

Education has always been a top priority in President Arroyo's major thrusts which is BEAT THE ODDS. This is not only in terms of classroom gap but also in terms of adequate quality books, proper nutrition, safe schools and stable prices of school supplies.

Since 2001, the yearly construction of 3,000 classrooms has always been funded and in order to decongest further the classrooms, the holding of double morning and afternoon class sessions and the distribution of cash vouchers to allow poor students and children to study in private high schools, have been enforced.

Director Sol Matugas of DepEd 8 said that the new school calendar consists of 204 class days inclusive of the five (5) day break for the INSET and the parent-teacher conference which will be held on the Saturday immediately following the week after the administration of the first quarterly examination. This is aimed to apprise the parents on the progress or performance of their children and ensure parental involvement in school activities.

Director Matugas added that the Christmas break shall start on December 19 and classes will resume January 4, 2010 while the secondary school summer classes shall start April 12 and end May 24. It shall consist of a three hour session per subject area from Monday to Saturday for 36 days, exclusive of May 1 which is a holiday and inclusive of May 24 which is the day for the final examination.

The observance of school celebrations, activities or holidays other than those identified may be allowed for as long as number of schools days is maintained through make up classes, she emphasized.

The dates in the school calendar is compulsory to all public elementary and secondary schools. Private schools may deviate from this date of school opening provided that they do not start classes earlier than the first Monday of June and not later than the last day of August, for as long as they inform DepEd first, Director Matugas concluded. (PIA 8) [top]

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