CHILDREN Pupils at the Rizal Elementary School waiting to enter their classrooms for the start of classes* ( Andy Alvarez photo )

Classes start with drop
in enrollment – DepEd


A shortfall in the number of students enrolled in public elementary and high schools in Bacolod was noted yesterday, while in some parts of Negros Occidental schemes were adopted for senior and junior high sharing of classrooms.

The opening of classes in the city and province went smoothly, Gladys Amylaine Sales, Assistant Negros Occidental Schools Division Superintendent, and Cynthia Demavivas, Bacolod Schools Division Superintendent, said.

But Demavivas noted that there are less students enrolled this year, as she called on parents not to delay the enrollment of their children with classes having started already. moremoremore

Picket staged
versus K to 12

Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (BAYAN)-Negros welcomed the opening of classes yesterday with a picket-protest against the implementation of the K to 12 Program in front of the Department of Education-Division of Negros Occidental office yesterday.

The nationally-coordinated protest of BAYAN also called for the incoming administration of President-elect Rodrigo Duterte to repeal the implementation of K to12.

“Many of the Grade 10 finishers have failed to proceed to senior high school because most schools have no capacity to accommodate their needs,” Christian Tuayon, BAYAN-Negros secretary general, said. moremoremore


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Degamo reacts on ‘dismissal'

Negros Oriental Gov. Roel Degamo said he cannot “intelligently reply” to what was posted on social media about his impending dismissal reportedly following the Ombudsman's denial of his motion for reconsideration of the first joint resolution, due to lack of merit.

The first resolution, dated Jan. 12, 2016, found probable cause against him, provincial treasurer Danilo Mendez and provincial accountant Teodorico Reyes for malversation of public funds and grave misconduct. .moremoremore