Extended school day reaches nearly 200,000
When the new school year begins on Monday, 19 August, 195,387 public school students will study under the Extended School Day regime, on which the government expects to spend RD$2.7 billion. A total of 161,687 additional students from the pre-school, primary and secondary levels will benefit from a greater educational workload, breakfasts, snacks and lunches as part of the model. The Ministry of Education began this program during the 2011-2012 school year with a pilot in 21 schools, increasing it to 97 in the last school year and reaching 33,700 students of the more than two million registered in the system.
According to the Ministry of Education, starting in the 2013-2014 school year, the public education system will include 470 new schools in the full day program. This will bring the total the number of schools designated to raise learning quality to 567. The school year will also have, starting on 19 August, 9,032 teachers, 2,424 directors, guidance counselors, and psychologists who will work a school day that starts at 8am and goes on until 4pm. They will use 7,634 classrooms, with which the authorities expect to improve the quality of the educational process. The Ministry of Education says that this policy goes far beyond merely teaching because it benefits families by allowing a longer time for their children’s education, while also providing food in the schools.
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