Enrolment in Yolanda-hit areas drops


THE number of students in Catholic schools in areas devastated by Typhoon Yolanda dropped to 20 percent, the Catholic Educational Association of the Philippines (CEAP) said on Wednesday.

CEAP Advocacy and Information Management officer An–thony Coloma attributed the slid to the deaths of students during the typhoon and the relocation of others.

Coloma said majority of the students refused to go back to school because of difficulties adjusting after being traumatized by the disaster.

“Some died, others were relocated [and]others are having difficulty adjusting due to trauma,” said Coloma.

Classes in public schools began on June 2 and in Yolanda-affected areas, tent classrooms and ruined schools welcomed thousands of students there although government claimed it already started construc- ting classrooms.

Meanwhile, Coloma said classes in Catholic schools here will start on June 9. Enrollment is still ongoing.

He said CEAP’s 50 member schools were destroyed by the typhoon.


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