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DepEd sets early registration

To address potential gaps that may arise even before the regular enrollment for School Year 2014-2015, the Department of Education (DepEd) on Tuesday announced the early registration in all public elementary and secondary schools nationwide this January 25.

According to Education Secretary Armin Luistro, one of the causes of overflow of students and overcrowded classrooms in public elementary and secondary schools every school opening is the lack of enough information to prepare.

“Our collective aim is a smooth June school opening, that is why we are preparing as early as January,” he said.

Luistro, in DepEd Order No. 2 s.2014 said that early registration will be used by DepEd to gather information to base its preparations for the coming school opening in June.

“We want to prevent logistical problems when the new school year starts in June,” he explained.

The specific target of the early registration are all five-year olds to ensure their enrolment in kindergarten and all six-year olds to ensure that they are enrolled in Grade 1 come June.

Other targets of the early registration are out-of-school children (OSC) and out-of-school youth (OSY) from the disadvantaged groups, including street children ages 5 to 18. These targeted learners will be provided with their preferred education delivery system which could either be formal through the alternative delivery mode (ADM) or through the alternative learning system (ALS).

“If our school heads know how many students they will have ahead of time, they can better prepare classrooms and seats and learning materials,” Luistro said.

Luistro said that DepEd has also enlisted the assistance of local and barangay officials for the early registration of OSC, the OSY, those with difficulty in learning and the indigenous peoples (IPs) to “ensure universal participation.”

The early registration, Luistro added, will see “DepEd working closely with the LGUs, the Parent-Teachers Associations, barangay officials, civil society groups, civic organizations and the business sector to ensure wide sectoral participation in the exercise.”