By NITZ ARANCON
THE schools division of Cagayan de Oro recorded 93,234 students who enrolled in public schools in the city as of Monday.
Dr. Jonathan dela Peña, City Schools Division superintendent, noted a 15-percent increase in the number of enrollees this year compared to the 91,856 students registered in 2018.
Dela Peña said there was a two-percent increase in the number of enrollees in the secondary level alone. In 2018, there were 37,319 enrollees; this year the number increased to 38,065.
But while the number of public school students in the city has gone up, the same old problems are hounding the education department here.
Dr. Celso Pagulon, principal of the West City Central School in Barangay Carmen, said that just like in the past, the school implemented double shifts for kindergarten to 5th grade classes.
“Grade 6 ra gyud ang wala mag-double shift dinhi sa West City Central school,” said Pagulon, noting that enrollees at West City Central School increased to 5,700 from 5,640 in 2018.
West City Central School has 78 classrooms for the 5,700, hence, the need for shiftings.
Pagulon said there are 41 classrooms still being constructed by the public works department and city hall.
The situation is the same at the City Central School where the number of enrollees ballooned to 7,000.
Another problem, according to Pagulon, is the lack of teachers.
“Na-ay may mga teachers nga bag-ong graduates apan dili pa madawat sa Deped kay nag-agad kini sa pundo gikan sa national government,” he said.
Meanwhile, Pagulon said the Internet has somehow eased the problem on the lack of textbooks needed by students for their research work.