By Merlina Hernando-Malipot
As the Early Registration for School Year (SY) 2019-2020 ends today, February 22, the Department of Education (DepEd) expressed optimism that the opening of classes for the coming school year will be smoother.
DepEd Undersecretary Jesus Mateo, in a recent press briefing, explained that the purpose of conducting Early Registration is to help the department prepare for the opening of classes. The Early Registration for incoming kindergarten and Grades 1, 7 and 11 students in public schools started in January 26.
Mateo said that the data from the Early Registration “will be used to anticipate the number of incoming students” so as to “enable the schools to prepare the necessary resources.”
DepEd, in a statement issued earlier, noted a “huge turnout” of incoming Kindergarten, Grades 1, 7, and 11 learners who trooped to public schools across the country to be pre-registered for SY 2019-2020. DepEd also observed a “more organized early registration compared to the previous years, mainly due to the strengthened information dissemination” and the issuance of DepEd Order No. 3, series 2018 (Basic Education Enrollment Policy), which unified the policies on enrollment and clarified the requirements.
The DO, DepEd said, also “helped minimize” the common questions of parents/guardians on pre-registering their children, specifically on the age requirement for Kindergarten and Grade 1. “The teachers readily assisted the parents/guardians and the learners at easily accessible pre-registration areas within the schools,” DepEd added.
DepEd noted that after the month-long Early Registration, the agency “will conduct an in-depth review of the entire early registration process to identify the effective practices, major challenges and the respective solutions to further strengthen the implementation.”
The early registration was first conducted in 2008, primarily aimed at high school students, in compliance with DepEd Order No. 62, s. 2008 (Early Registration for Incoming First Year High School Students for School Year 2009-2010).
DepEd said that in 2011, the initiative was extended to Kindergarten and elementary under DepEd Order No. 2, s. 2011 (Declaring January 29, 2011 as Early Registration Day for School Year 2011-2012 to Achieve the Millennium Development Goal in Education), and was strengthened following the issuance of DepEd Order No. 3, series 2018.
Aside from incoming Kinder, Grades 1, 7 and 11 students, the Early Registration also targets to locate, identify, and register out-of-school children and youth in the community who may be characterized as: living in off-grid/far-flung community, a barangay without a school, or a geographically isolated area; displaced due to natural disaster; living in an armed conflict area or area with high level of criminality/drug abuse; living with disability/ies; having chronic illness or nutritional problem/s; victim of child abuse or economic exploitation; stateless/undocumented; in conflict with the law; living on the streets; and no longer in school, and shall be encouraged and assisted to go back through the formal system, Alternative Delivery Mode (ADM), or the Alternative Learning System (ALS)