SLIDESHOW: Back to school 2018

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jun 04 2018 04:43 PM | Updated as of Jun 04 2018 05:26 PM

Around 27 million students were expected to go back to school on Monday as school year 2018-2019 opened.  

The Department of Education (DepEd) reported the common challenges experienced in public schools such as lack of classrooms and shortage of teaching staff. 

School children, including young ones with their parents or guardians, went to school to begin a new chapter of their learning years. As usual, many young kids turned restless after they were left in a new environment.

Here are some select scenes of the school opening on Monday.

A mother accompanies her children at an elementary school in Paranaque on Monday. George Calvelo, ABS CBN News

A man holds on to a rope as he transports students on a makeshift raft across a river on the first day of the new school year in Paranaque City on Monday. Romeo Ranoco, Reuters

Parents and students wait outside the school gate of an elementary school in Paranaque on Monday. George Calvelo, ABS CBN News

A mother and her kids checks a students’ list at the Rosauro Almario Elementary school in Tondo, Manila on Monday. Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News

Parents and students wait outside the school gate of an elementary school in Paranaque on Monday. George Calvelo, ABS CBN News

Students attend the first day of classes at the President Corazon C. Aquino Elementary School in Quezon City on Monday. Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News

First day struggles at the Rosauro Almario Elementary School on the first day of school, Monday. Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News

A young student seeks comfort from her mother at the Rosauro Almario Elementary School on the first day of school, Monday. Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News

A young student asks for a kiss from her mother before going inside a classroom at the Rosauro Almario Elementary School in Tondo, Manila, Monday. Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News

Students attend the first day of classes at the President Corazon C. Aquino Elementary School in Quezon City on Monday. Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News

Students attend the first day of classes at the President Corazon C. Aquino Elementary School in Quezon City on Monday. Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News

A girl refuses to leave her mother's side at the Benigno Aquino Elementary School at the BASECO compound, Manila on the first day of school year, Monday. Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News

Students attend the first day of classes at the President Corazon C. Aquino Elementary School in Quezon City on Monday. Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News

Elementary school students listen to their teacher at the Rosauro Almario Elementary School on the first day of school, Monday. Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News

A young student takes a nap on the first day of school at the Rosauro Almario Elementary School in Tondo, Manila, Monday. Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News

First day blues – Parents of Kindergarten pupils wait outside a classroom as some of them also experience “separation anxiety” on the first day of class at West Central Elementary School in Dagupan City in Monday. ABS-CBN News

Kinder students sing the National Anthem on the first day of school at the Rosauro Almario Elementary School in Tondo, Manila, Monday. Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News

Parents use their mobile phones to take pictures of their kids at the Rosauro Almario Elementary School on the first day of school in Tondo, Manila, Monday. Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News

A young student carries his books as he leaves class on the first day of school at the Rosauro Almario Elementary school in Tondo, Manila, Monday. Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News

Parents and students wait outside the school gate of an elementary school in Paranaque on Monday, Monday. George Calvelo, ABS CBN News