MANILA - More than 2,000 displaced students from Marawi City have been accommodated by public schools in and outside of Mindanao.
Education Secretary Leonor Briones earlier said around 22,000 students and 2,205 teachers are among those who had to flee their homes because of the ongoing armed conflict between the military and lawless elements in Marawi City.
As of 6 p.m. Tuesday, partial field reports gathered by Department of Education showed that 2,428 displaced learners from Marawi have been enrolled in eight regions.
Of the eight regions, 1,999 are enrolled in Region 10; 171 in NCR; 169 in Region 12; 54 in Region 7; 25 in Region 9; 8 in Region 3; and 1 each in Regions 1 and 5.
DepEd Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs Office and Alternative Learning System G.H. Ambat said more students from Marawi are expected to arrive in the DepEd Division Office of Cagayan de Oro. The division has about 93,000 elementary, 33,500 junior high school and 4,000 senior highschool learners.
In CDO's East Gusa National High School, five siblings from Marawi have enrolled in Grades 7, 8, 9, 10, and 11.
At the Bukidnon National High School, they also welcomed 14 students from Marawi.
Malaybalay City Schools Division Superintendent Edilberto Oplenario said they have received instructions from Education Secretary Leonor Briones to accommodate displaced students from Marawi.
"Kailangan natin sila tanggapin sa ating mga school, dapat intindihin natin ang kanilang sitwasyon, ang iba ay suot na damit lang ang dala,” Oplenario said.