PUBLIC elementary and high schools will hold today a special early registration for school year 2014-2015.
The one-day early enrollment, scheduled January 25, is being carried out to address potential gaps that may arise before the regular enrollment. The registration targets Grade 1 to 7 students, out-of-school children and out-of-school youth from the disadvantaged groups, including street children ages 5 to 18.
Education Secretary Armin Luistro said the early registration will help the department project deficiencies in classrooms, seats and learning materials so that when the school year begins in June, these have been properly attended to.
“If our school heads know how many students they will have ahead of time, they can better prepare classrooms and seats and learning materials,” he said.
The parents were reminded to take advantage of the early registration so they can be provided with their preferred education delivery system, which could either be through the alternative delivery mode or through the alternative learning system.
The education department has sought the assistance of the local government units, parent-teachers associations, barangay officials, civil society groups, civic organizations and the business sector to ensure wide sectoral participation in the exercise.
“Our collective aim is a smooth June school opening, that is why we are preparing as early as January,” Luistro said.
Parents of incoming elementary students are advised to bring their children’s birth certificates, report cards, or certifications from guardians stating that the enrollees are out-of-school youth.
Luistro also urged the parents in areas affected by super typhoon Yolanda to enrol their children early.
“Early registration is a must for school children especially in the Yolanda-hit areas,” Luistro said.