February 3, 2023

Learners may still enroll to catch up with their lessons and finish school year 2020-2021.

Department of Education-Baguio OIC Assistant Schools Division Superintendent Christopher Benigno said they are still accepting those who are interested to enroll this school year.

“We are searching for those who have not enrolled due to various reasons to take on the challenges of learning during these pandemic times. We have stakeholders who are supportive to the cause of education, especially from the local government of Baguio headed by Mayor Benjamin Magalong, and the city council,” Benigno said during the flag-raising ceremonies last week.

He said among the reasons for non-enrolment this year are the Covid-19 pandemic, lack of interest, financial constraints, no assistance given, parent’s decisions, change of residence, health condition, family problem, and early parenthood.

As of Nov. 2, DepEd data show that for school year 2020-2021, there were 36,695 learners who have enrolled in the city’s public elementary schools; 22,791 in Grade 7 to 10 or Junior High School; and 4,338 in Grade 11 to 12 or Senior High School.

Baguio private schools have 7,903 elementary pupils; 6,176 Junior High students; and 7,441 Senior High students. There are 1,198 enrolled in the Alternative Learning System.

The DepEd said 3,527 learners transferred from private to public schools in Baguio, while 554 learners moved from private to schools outside of Baguio.

There are also 483 public school learners who moved to private schools within the city, while 108 learners have moved to private schools outside of Baguio.

There are 5,775 public-to-public  school transferees within the city while 1,026 public school learners have transferred to other public schools outside of Baguio.

For school year 2019-2020, there were 508 dropouts, 519 repeaters with three or more failed subjects, and 493 who did not enroll.

There are 409 learners with special needs in which 278 are males and 131 are females.

Due to the challenges brought about by the pandemic, six schools have temporarily closed, namely the D’ Hundred Times Academy, Inc.; Fame Golf Mission School, Inc.; PMAOSFI Golden Heart Pre-School; JMC Christian Academy, Inc.; Learning by the Hillside, Inc.; and Baguio City First Learning Center, Inc.

There are also seven schools that permanently closed – Maurice Lex Learning Center, Inc.; Palm Springs Montessori Integrated School, Inc.; Poliwes Community Church Learning Center; Sontown Int’l Christian Academy; St. Francis De Sales-Learning Resource Center; Westmont School Montessori; Yale IL International School; and John Hay Elementary School. – Julie G. Fianza with reports from Dep-Ed Baguio