Imperfect first school day — DepEd-6

Iloilo City, Iloilo - An estimated 1.7 million students are enrolled in public kindergarten, elementary and secondary level schools-school in the Western Visayas region, said Department of Education director for Region 6 (DepEd-6), Dr. Mildred Garay who also informed that the opening of classes last June 3 "was not perfect."

She said while the overall assessment was "good," there were still issues that have to be addressed by public school administrators in the provinces of Aklan, Antique, Capiz, Guimaras, Iloilo, and Negros Occidental in this region.

These issues, she said, include unfinished repairs and/or renovation of classrooms and other school facilities.

One other issue involves late enrollees that school administrators will have to accommodate.

The elementary level comprises the biggest number with an estimated 1 million students enrolled. High school level is estimated at 500,000 students while kindergarten at about 200,000 students.

Garay, however, said she remains optimistic that "everything will flow smoothly in the coming days and weeks."

Here in Western Visayas, the elementary level has the biggest number - about a million - of students enrolled. About half that number are enrolled in high-schools while an estimated 200,000 pupils are enrolled in the elementary level.