MANILA, Jan. 14 — The Department of Education sets an early registration for public elementary and secondary schools nationwide beginning on Jan. 25.
“We want to prevent logistical problems when the new school year starts in June. If our school heads know how many students they will have ahead of time, they can better prepare classrooms and seats and learning materials,” Education Secretary Armin Luistro said on Tuesday.
The specific targets of the early registration are all five-year-old children to ensure their enrollment in kindergarten and all six-year-old to ensure that they are enrolled in Grade 1 in 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 aged five to 18 years.
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).
To ensure universal participation, DepEd has enlisted the assistance of local and barangay officials for the early registration of OSC, OSY, those with difficulty in learning and the indigenous peoples (IPs).
The early registration will see DepEd working closely with the local government units (LGUs), Parents-Teachers Associations (PTAs), barangay officials, civil society groups, civic organizations and the business sector to ensure wide sectoral participation in the exercise. (from PNA report by Lily O. Ramos)