The number of students on the kindergarten program’s wait-list significantly dropped this school year, thanks in large part to the implementation of full-day sessions in many public elementary schools.
From the usual over 300 children that wait to be accommodated in the program, that number is now down to only over 50, based on the individual data gathered by Saipan Tribune from each public elementary school in the CNMI.
PSS has 12 primary schools: 10 on Saipan and one each on Rota and Tinian.
Saipan Tribune learned that half of elementary public schools (or six schools) are now implementing full-day kindergarten classes this new school year, 2013-2014. Full day classes begin at 8am through 2:30pm each day.
These schools include Dandan, Gregorio T. Camacho, Kagman, Rota’s Sinapalo, San Vicente, and Tanapag elementary schools.
Schools that are still enforcing half-day sessions due to the lack of teachers include Garapan, Koblerville, Oleai, San Antonio, William S. Reyes, and Tinian elementary schools.
Data separately gathered from all schools also indicated that the Public School System has a total of 530 students in its kindergarten program as of yesterday. That may slightly increase as some elementary schools are still accepting late enrollees.
On Saipan, Garapan and William S. Reyes elementary schools have the highest number of kindergarteners this year at 90 students. Both campuses are still enforcing half-day sessions due to inadequate number of teachers. As of yesterday, WSR had about 10 on its waitlist while GES had about 14.
KagES, according to principal Ruth Calvo yesterday, has 64 kindergarteners and they are still accepting late enrollees for the program. This is the first year that KagES will start its full-day session for the Kindergarten program after its sixth graders moved to the new Oceanview Middle School, now home to sixth to eighth graders.
At San Vicente Elementary School, principal Yvonne Pangelinan disclosed that they have 47 students attending full-day kindergarten sessions.
Dandan Elementary School vice principal Reo Arriola said the school, which is also enforcing full-time kindergarten classes, has 42 enrollees so far.
Although Oleai Elementary School only has half-day classes for its kindergarteners, principal Jazylene Parico said that nobody is on their waitlist. The school had 40 kindergartners as of yesterday.
Koblerville Elementary School principal Rizalina Purungganan, meanwhile, said the school has 24 on its waitlist while a total of 30 are enrolled in its half-day sessions. This is being split for the morning and afternoon classes. Lack of teachers, she said, remains the problem.
In San Antonio, kindergarten enrollees total 32 for its half-day session. The school has about 10 on its waitlist.
Other schools that reported having nobody on their wait-list include Tinian Elementary, which has 33 kindergarteners for its half-day session; Tanapag Elementary, with 26 enrollees composed of 21 regular kindergarteners and five in a multiage class with first graders; GTC with 19 enrollees; and Rota’s Sinapalo Elementary, which has 17 this school year.