Manile, Philippines — The Department of Education (DepEd) has announced that the opening of classes in all public elementary and secondary schools for school year (SY) 2016-2017 is on June 13, Monday.
The agency officially released the School Calendar, contained in DepEd Order No. 23, s. 2016, which indicates a total of 202 school days, inclusive of the five-day In-Service Training (INSET) break.
Although all schools are required to strictly adhere to the core events and activities stipulated in the school calendar, Education Secretary Armin Luistro said private schools may still deviate from it provided that they notify their respective regional offices in advance regarding any deviation.
The education chief also reminded private schools to start classes not earlier than the first Monday of June and not later than the last day of August.
The said school year is comprised of 54 days for the first quarter, 48 days for the second quarter, another 48 days for the third quarter, and 52 days for the fourth quarter. It will officially end on April 7, 2017.
This school year also marks the full implementation of the K-to-12 program nationwide, particularly Senior High School (SHS). In line with this, SHS enrolment for SY 2016-2017 in all public secondary schools has already commenced since Monday (May 2).
According to DepEd data, 5,927 public schools will begin offering Grade 11 in 2016 and Grade 12 in 2017. These public schools will utilize new classrooms and facilities constructed under the 2014 and 2015 budgets of DepEd or other fund sources.
On the other hand, 4,827 private high schools, private and public universities and colleges, and technical-vocational schools will begin offering Grade 11 in 2016 and Grade 12 in 2017
Source : DepEd
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