Sen. Aquino says high turnout of K-12 students brings added challenges

MANILA, Aug. 23 (PNA) — The high turnout of senior high school student enrollees has brought added challenges like backlogs in classrooms and lack of trained teachers, Senator Paolo Benigno “Bam” Aquino said Tuesday.

Aquino made this statement after the Department of Education (DepEd) reported that SHS student enrollees surpassed the 1.5-million mark for school year 2016 to 2017.

“This figure debunks news reports on inaccessible senior high schools,” Aquino, Chair of the Senate Committee on Education, Arts and Culture said during a Senate organization meeting.

“We need to work quickly to meet these challenges head on and make free access to quality education a reality for every Filipino family,” he added.

The fact that so many continued on to senior high school shows that Filipinos seize the opportunity to get an education if the state provides free schooling, Aquino said.

Of the 1,517,610 SHS enrollees, 1,460,970 were Grade 10 completers, 54,262 were Balik-Aral students and 2,378 were Accreditation and Equivalency (A&E) passers.

DepEd Secretary Leonor Briones said the number of Grade 10 completers who continued to SHS was equivalent to 98 percent of the students who finished Grade 10.(PNA)


Source: Philippine News Agency

By Azer N. Parrocha

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