In order to save money for other school expenses, some parents here would opt to pack biscuits and bread for their children rather than giving them money.
In an interview in time for the first day of classes here, a local leader of indigenous groups said they want more materials to aid them in the education of their children.
Rosalie Ganas holds the list of requirements she needs to buy for her daughter who is in Grade 7 in Tugbok National High School. Among the requirements, she crossed out school supplies which she said she could not buy because they are too expensive including pastel crayons, colored pencils and scissors. (Zea Io Ming C. Capistrano/davaotoday.com)
High school teacher Pilar Barredo signs a petition asking for the suspension of the K to 12 program during a protest action held here on Monday. (Ace R. Morandante/davaotoday.com)
Books take up much space in this small library of Mintal Comprehensive High School. The library is also too small for a school population of around 1,800 students. (Zea Io Ming C. Capistrano/davaotoday.com)
The perennial problem of large class size, lack of classrooms and school facilities greet the student on the opening of school year 2015-2016 on Monday here.
During the first day of school, students are asked to write their names as one of the requirements to be accepted in Grade 1. The children should also be able to read when they enter first grade. (Ace Morandante/davaotoday.com)
Grade 1 students of Kapitan Tomas Monteverde Sr. Central Elementary School are eager to introduce their selves using mother tongue during the first day of school. (Ace R. Morandante/davaotoday.com)
Parents rush buying school supplies for their students during the school opening on Monday morning. (Ace R. Morandante/davaotoday.com)
A lawmaker said over two million school-age children, or almost 10 percent between the ages of 5 and 15, will not be going to school as the new school year opens on Monday.