Luistro to parents: Enrol kids early

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EDUCATION Secretary Armin Luistro urged parents who were unable to enrol their children to show up early so that his agency will have ample time to fix their problems before classes start on June 1.

“Please don’t surprise me. Tell me the problems now,” Luistro said during a roundtable interview with editors of The Manila Times on Wednesday.

According to him, late enrolment is one of the problems encountered by the Department of Education (DepEd) during the first day of classes.

Although registration in public elementary and high schools started in January, Luistro said many parents enrol their students either on or after school opening, which adds to the confusion on the first day of classes.


He said the DepEd set up the “Oplan Balik Eskwela” assistance desk to ensure a smooth opening of classes.

The help desk will accommodate last-minute complaints and queries during the last week before the start of classes, he added.

Luistro said some of the complaints received by DepEd include problems of students transferring from private schools and lack of enrolment credentials.

The DepEd also noted that it is addressing the perennial problem of overcrowding in Metro Manila schools.

Since more classrooms have been built, the problem of school congestion had somehow eased.

DepEd assistant secretary for planning Jesus Mateo said the number of schools implementing three shifts had gone down from 451 in 2011 to only 15 this year for the elementary level. For the high school level, the number of schools with three shifts was also reduced from 53 to four.

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