MANILA- Over 9,000 students were left stranded in dormitories and schools nationwide as lockdowns in parts of the country meant to contain the spread of the new coronavirus disease prevail, a survey of the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) showed.
The poll found that 9,367 students are stuck in dormitories and schools across the country, President Rodrigo Duterte said Monday in his sixth weekly report to Congress on the government’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
CHED also reported that 1,229 students and educational institution personnel abroad need repatriation.
So far, CHED said 142 students overseas have already been repatriated, and 45 stranded students in Boracay would be transported to their hometowns.
CHED Chairperson Prospero De Vera III last week said the online survey was meant to improve the agency’s database of stranded students who they assist with the help of higher education institutions and various government agencies.
“What we’re doing now is continuously trying to improve the inventory of stranded students so we know where they are, how many they are and linking them with the university so the university is the first line of coordination,” De Vera said in a phone interview with ABS-CBN News last week.
Many students, particularly in Luzon, were unable to go home to their hometowns due to enhanced community measures implemented in March.
The government extended the lockdown in Metro Manila and other areas at high risk of COVID-19 outbreaks until May 15.
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