ILOILO CITY: Days before the opening of classes on Monday, the Department of Education (DepEd) regional office here reported a low turnout of enrollment in both public and private high schools for Grade 11 in senior high school.
DepEd Asst. Reg. Dir. Victor de Gracia said it is customary for Ilonggo parents to enroll their children late or during the opening of classes despite assurances of zero collection of school fees upon enrollment.
De Gracia said the region only attained a 57.60 percent rate for enrollment to Grade 11, or only 37,181 students had enrolled as of June 10, from the 64,548 enrolled in 2015 for Grade 10 in public schools in five provinces and three cities in Western Visayas.
Private schools also registered 24.75 percent enrollees, or 2,410 students enrolled for Grade 11 of the 9,736 students enrolled for Grade 10 in 2015. Enrollees in public and private schools reached only 53.30 percent.
In school year 2015-2016, those enrolled in public schools in the region were 126,393 in kindergarten; 1,044,964 in elementary and 492,4 52 in high school. Enrollees in private schools were 43,146 in kindergarten; 62,072 in elementary and 75,009 in high school, including Negros Occidental.
As of June 10, early enrollees for Grade 11 in public high schools were 17,582 in Iloilo; 8,313 in Capiz; 4,887 in Antique; 1,760 in Iloilo City; 1,311 in Guimaras; 1,165 in Roxas City; 1,126 in Aklan and 1,165 in Passi City.