The Department of Education (DepEd) said there are 13.15 million enrollees for the return of face-to-face classes this School Year 2022-2023.

The number is almost half of DepEd’s target of 28.6 million for the upcoming school year. 

Among the total number of enrollees, over 870,000 of them are in kindergarten; more than 6.1 million in elementary; more than 4.2 million in junior high school; and more than 1.9 million in senior high school.

Calabarzon posted the highest number of enrolled students with almost 2 million; followed by the National Capital Region (NCR) with 1.6 million; and Central Luzon with 1.3 million. 

Enrolment is ongoing until the opening of classes on August 22. The process is being implemented in three ways: in-person, remote, and through dropbox forms.

DepEd is mandating all private and public schools to fully conduct five days of face-to-face classes by November 2. The said decision will continue regardless of the alert level in the area.

 — Ronald Espartinez