The opening of classes for the School Year 2023-2024 in all public schools nationwide will be on August 29, the Department of Education (DepEd) announced on Thursday.
Private schools may opt to open classes on any day starting the first Monday of June but not later than the last day of August, the department said, citing Republic Act 11480.
There were around 28.4 million students enrolled in 44,931 public schools and 12,162 private schools in the previous academic year.
As early as May, DepEd opened registration for incoming Kindergarten, Grades 1, 7, and 11 learners in public schools nationwide for the School Year 2023-2024.
The education sector was allocated P924.7 billion or 16.0% of the National Expenditure Program (NEP) for 2024, as the Constitution mandates that the sector be given the top priority.
The education budget includes P12.04 billion for textbooks and other instructional materials, P11.71 billion for the school-based feeding program, and P41.05 billion for Education Assistance and Subsidies.
It also provides P51.12 billion for Universal Access to Quality Tertiary Education (UAQTE), of which P21.70 billion will go to some 116 state universities and colleges (SUCs). — VBL, GMA Integrated News