Some 27 million students in elementary and high school trooped to their respective schools Monday, June 3, as the Department of Education welcomed the start of school year 2019-2020.
A majority of students are attending public schools where cramped spaces and a lack of facilities are perennial problems.
Even with these issues, the start of classes remain an eventful day for everyone.
Students arrive for the first day of classes at Juan Sumulong Elementary School in Antipolo, Rizal on Monday. According to the Department of Education’s Order 007 series of 2019, the school year formally opens June 3, 2019 and will end on April 3, 2020. Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News
Elementary school students arrive at the Nabuclod Integrated School on the first day of school in Floridablanca, Pampanga. Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News
Elementary students Aldrich and Erwin play on the grounds of the Indaoac Elementary School in Tabaan Sur, Tuba Benguet which was hit by a fire on May 1. Despite the lack of facilities, classes still continued as scheduled as the school appealed for the speedy reconstruction of classrooms that also doubles as an evacuation center. Jong Gasmeña, ABS-CBN News
Elementary students, living on the flooded Artex Compound, ride on a makeshift boat to attend the first day of school in Panghulo 1 Elementary School in Malabon, Noel Celis, AFP
Students assemble as they attend flag raising ceremonies during the first day of school at the President Corazon C. Aquino Elementary School in metropolitan Manila, Philippines on Monday, June 3, 2019. About 27 million students are expected to troop back to schools amid perennial problems like overcrowded classrooms and lack of teachers and desks. Aaron Favila, AP
A policeman greets students of the President Corazon C. Aquino Elementary School in Batasan Road, Quezon City on Monday. Around 150,000 police and force multipliers were deployed to secure the start of classes. Manny Palmero, ABS-CBN News
Students and teachers hold a flag raising ceremony during the opening of classes for the school year 2019-2020. Jireh Carreon, ABS-CBN News
Second graders of the President Corazon C. Aquino Elementary School in Batasan Road, Quezon City do Zumba exercises before the start of the academic year. Alec Corpuz, ABS-CBN News
A crying kindergartener clings to her mother as the first day of classes for school year 2019-2020 at West 1 Elementary School in Dagupan City on Monday. Some first time students usually experience separation anxieties during the first day of school. Jojo Riñoza, ABS-CBN News
A mother coaxes her child to go to class at the President Corazon C, Aquino Elementary School in Batasan Road, Quezon City during the first day of classes. Alec Corpuz, ABS-CBN News
Students of the President Corazon C, Aquino Elementary School in Batasan Road, raise their hands before starting class after receiving their school textbooks during the first day of class. The DepEd’s estimated budget for each student this year is P18,285. Jire Carreon, ABS-CBN News
Grade 2 students of Juan Sumulong Elementary School in Antipolo City, Rizal are crammed inside a classroom during the first day of classes. Cramped spaces due to a lack of classrooms is a perennial problem in the country’s public schools and most public schools are forced to teach students in shifts with some grade levels only being able to attend class after a different grade level are done with their lessons. Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News
Aeta students of the Nabuclod Integrated School in Floridablanca, Pampanga attend classes at the barangay’s covered courts after their school was deemed unsafe after being hit with an earthquake last April. Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN news
Kindergarten students play with their classmates as they start their first day of classes for school year 2019-2020 at West 1 Elementary School in Dagupan City on Monday. Jojo Riñoza, ABS-CBN News