THE registration of students for the coming school year will start on January 30, the Department of Education (DepEd) said.
DepEd Assistant Secretary for Planning Jesus Mateo said incoming kindergarten and Grade 10 students, as well as children with disabilities, have to register early.
The early registration for school year 2016-2017, he said, will give the education department enough time to come up with education interventions and to ensure that all school-aged children are enrolled for the school year.
Mateo urged local government units, parent-teachers associations, barangay officials, civil society groups, civic organizations and the business sector to actively participate in the early registration.
“It’s not only the function of the DepEd, it’s really the function of the entire community to ensure that children should be enrolled in school or for this event they have to register so that our schools can prepare,” he said.
Parents, he added, should register their children early so that they can choose their preferred education delivery system, which could either be through the normal mode or the alternative learning system.
The early registration also targets the so-called “last milers” or students who have not been able to reach out or for one reason or another had stopped going to school.
“We need to bring them back to school. Of course, we will also reach out to those children with disabilities and with special needs. And finally, those groups who are in a difficult situation or in a disadvantage area,” Mateo noted.
In October last year, the education department conducted the early registration for the Senior High School (SHS) to ensure that incoming Grade 11 students are enrolled in the program in June this year.
The SHS early registration will give Grade 10 finishers enough time to decide on their choice of track.
Senior High School gives students four options to pursue —Academic, Technical-Vocational-Livelihood, Sports, and Arts and Design. These courses are designed to help learners prepare for higher education, employment, or entrepreneurship.
According to Mateo, at least 1.3 million students are expected to enroll in Grade 11 for the coming school year. The nationwide implementation of senior high school program will begin this school year.
Of the 1.3 million incoming Grade 11 students, 1.1 million will go to the public schools, Mateo said.
“The reason is so simple: some of the students enroll in the private schools because the [SHS] track they wanted to take up is not being offered by the public school available in that area,” Mateo explained.
“For the private schools, we have early registration or registrants of 172,000 students, of which only 5.7 percent will go to public high school. The majority of those students who are already in private schools will remain in private schools,” he added.
“Of the 1.3 million incoming Grade 11 students close to 59 percent will pursue the academic track, 40 percent will purse the tech voc track, and the remaining will pursue arts and design and sports. From that number, 878,000 will go to public senior high school and 438,000 will go to private senior high school,” the DepEd official said.