The Department of Education (DepEd) on Wednesday said that there are over 200,000 learners from private schools and State Universities and Colleges (SUCs) who transferred to public schools this upcoming school year (SY) 2020-2021.
DepEd Undersecretary Jesus Mateo, in an online press conference on Oplan Balik Eskwela-Brigada Eskwela (OBE-BE), said that thousands of students have moved from private schools and SUCs to public schools based on the latest results of the national enrollment for the coming school year.
In a data provided by Mateo, it showed that a total of 250, 539 learners who moved from private schools and SUCs to public schools. Of this number, 148, 852 are in elementary; 69, 851 in Junior High School (JHS) and 26, 138 in Senior High School (SHS) along with 5, 698 non-graded learners with disabilities.
DepEd national enrollment data as of July 8 shows that the total number of enrollees for School Year (SY) 2020-2021 has reached 18,871, 245 nationwide for Kindergarten to Grade 12, including Alternative Learning System (ALS) and non-graded learners with disabilities. Of this number, 17, 957, 202 learners have enrolled in public schools and 894, 161 registered in private schools.
DepEd’s latest data showed that there are 1, 244, 393 learners enrolled in Kindergarten; 9, 376, 584 in Elementary; 5, 956, 723 in JHS; and 2, 026, 595 in SHS. There are also 48, 945 learners with disabilities who registered along with 218, 005 under the ALS program.
Economy affects enrollment
Meanwhile, Education Secretary Leonor Briones stressed that the enrollment is greatly affected by the status of the economy. “Some are asking if this [enrollment turnout] is a result of ineffectiveness of DepEd’s LCP but it’s not, because the very obvious reason for this is really the economy,” she explained.
As economy collapses, Briones said that the private education sector is greatly affected “because they charge tuition and other fees.” With the downturn of economy, she explained that many parents have yet to decide whether to enroll their children to private schools or not. “It’s really the impact of the economy and this is something that is beyond DepEd’s control,” she addd.
Briones noted that the current enrollment turnout of 18.7 million in both public and private schools is already 67.9 percent of the enrollment in SY 2019-2020. The 17.95 million enrollees in public schools is 79. 5% of last year’s enrollment and the 894,000 registration in private schools is 20.7% of enrollment turnout in the last school year.
While the enrollment has been extended until July 15, DepEd reminded that parents and students still cannot physically go to school for enrollment this year to uphold social distancing and the health standards of the authorities.