As the extended enrollment period officially ends, the Department of Education (DepEd) on Wednesday confirmed that there are over 20 million learners who registered in both public and private for School Year (SY) 2020-2021 to open this August.
National data from DepEd as of July 15, 8:00 am, showed that the total number of enrollees for SY 2020-2021 has reached 20, 220, 507 nationwide for Kindergarten to Grade 12, including Alternative Learning System (ALS) and non-graded learners with disabilities. This is 72.7 percent of SY 2019-2020 enrollment turnout at 27.7 million.
The enrollment data also showed that 19, 145, 129 million learners have enrolled in public schools and 1, 050, 434 registered in private schools. This upcoming SY’s enrolment in public schools is 84.8% of last year and the registration in private schools is 24.3% of SY 2019-2020.
DepEd has originally set the month of June for enrollment. However, the enrollment period was extended until July 15. Currently, there are 1, 367, 297 learners enrolled in Kindergarten; 9, 991, 389 in Elementary; 6, 387, 991 in Junior High School (JHS); and 2, 175, 235 in Senior High School (SHS). There are also 51, 375 learners with disabilities who registered along with 257, 220 under the ALS.
The highest number of enrollees was recorded in Region IV-A with 2,739, 171, followed by Region III with 2,161, 262 and National Capital Region (NCR) with 2,070, 670.
Due to COVID-19 situation in the country, DepEd implements a remote enrollment system through alternative means of communication that do not require physically reporting to school, such as text, call, email, and online messaging. Drop boxes and kiosks were also set up in barangay halls and schools where parents who do not have access to remote means of communication may pick up or drop off the Learner Enrollment and Survey Form (LESF).
In SY 2019-2020, the total number of enrollment in all sectors and levels of education was 27, 790, 114. Of this number, 27 million are learners from Kinder to Grade 12 and over 759, 000 were in the ALS program. There were 22.5 million enrollees in public schools and 4.2 million learners in private schools in SY 2019-2020.
Schools allowed to accept late enrollees
Citing DepEd Order No. Series of 2018, DepEd Undersecretary Jesus Mateo told the Manila Bulletin that “a school may accept late enrollees provided that the learner will be able to meet eighty percent (80%) of the prescribed number of school days for each school year and the quarterly requirement to pass the grade level as governed by the latest existing applicable DepEd issuances.”
“If the learner cannot meet the required number of school days and the quarterly requirement, the school head may exercise his/her discretion to accept the enrollee and implement catch-up activities or interventions under acceptable circumstances,” Mateo added.
Mateo noted that for this school year, late enrollment may be allowed “until last week of September.”
DepEd said that the deadline for submitting documentary requirements to enrollment will be deferred until December 2020. “It will be implemented both in public and private schools,” the agency said.
“However, parents are invited to submit the documents as soon as possible,” it added.
DepEd maintained that “schools cannot deny students who wish to enroll but are missing or missing documents while enrolling.”
In order to prioritize the well-being and health of teachers and students face-to-face conduct of classes will not be allowed this SY. DepEd noted that like learners, there will be no face-to-face teaching for teachers and they can continue the rendering service and instruction while staying indoors or at home.
To ensure learning continuity, DepEd developed the Learning Continuity Plan (LCP) wherein alternative learning delivery modes will be used. In addition to online learning, students’ self-learning modules, TVs and radio will also be used in learning when classes start.
DepEd reminded that learning modules created and provided by DepEd are free of charge. For those who will need printed materials, DepEd said that these will be available for students to use before the start of classes in August.