Metro Manila · Start Of A New School Year (June 13)

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It’s time to go back to school kids! Take a look at what you should expect in Megacity Manila during this time of year. 

The new school year always starts some time in June for public elementary schools and high schools in the Philippines. This 2016, classes in public schools start on June 13, Monday. Private schools, including Manila's international schools, are free to start their classes any time in June or August.

The Philippine Department of Education (DepEd) announced that June 13, Monday is the start of classes for school year 2016-2017. All public elementary and secondary schools in the country will open their doors to students on the said date.

Private schools, according to the Department of Education, are allowed to deviate from the said schedule but reminded said schools that they “may not start classes earlier than the first Monday of June and not later than the last day of August.” The reminder is based on Republic Act No. 7797, an act that increases the number of school days up to 220 class days.

What To Expect

This is a busy time of the year and Megacitizens who do not like crowds should not go to bookstores the weekend before the opening of classes. Bookstores in the Megacity will be quite busy before the start of classes. 

The first place where you notice that summer vacation is about to end is the mall. Special sales take place in the hallways to provide the constantly growing kids with new school uniforms -usually dark pants and white collared shirts for the boys, and skirts and white blouses for the girls.

At National Book Store and similar shops, truckloads of exercise books are piled up. Young parents and their kids dig through the endless range of notebooks with squared, ruled, or blank pages, in all colors of the rainbow or with children's ikons like Spongebob and Dora the Explorer on the cover. Here they also get all the other necessary items, such as pens, sharpeners, rubbers, rulers, and pencil cases. On the last weekend before school starts it gets really crowded in the stationary stores.

Many shops and offices also organize campaigns to donate school supplies for the less fortunate. You can, for example, prepare bags or boxes with a set of all the stuff a student needs in the classroom, or you can buy a set for a student and just leave it at the store, as they will take care of the distribution.

When school actually starts it is also noticeable it in the streets, as traffic gets worse than during school holidays.