DepEd eyes alternative learning for out-of-school youth

Published July 16, 2020, 3:32 PM

by Merlina Hernando-Malipot

The Department of Education (DepEd) will help facilitate the enrollment of so-called out-of-school youth to the Alternative Learning System (ALS).


Undersecretary Revsee Escobedo made the announcement during a “Laging Handa” public briefing on Thusday, they will seek and identify these individuals to “continue their education despite their limitations.”

As of July 16, the total number of enrollees nationwide for SY 2020-2021 has reached 20, 744, 595, with 19, 926, 653 students enrolling in public schools and 1, 092, 414 registering in private schools.

In comparison, enrollment data provided by DepEd’s Education Management Information System Division-Planning Service for 2019-2020 showed the total number of enrollees in all sectors and level of education at 27, 790, 114.

DepEd pointed to the downturn as being caused mainly by the COVID-19 crisis.

“Ito ay dahil sa epekto ng pandemya, apektado ang employment [ng mga magulang] (This is due to the effects of the pandemic, employment of some parents are affected),” said Undersecretary Jesus Mateo, noting 305, 842 students transferred from private to public schools.

The data covers public and private schools as well as State Universities and Colleges (SUCs) and Local Universities and Colleges (LUCs) and learners across all basic education level including Kindergarten, Elementary or Grades 1 to 6, Junior High School (JHS) or Grades 7 to 10, and Senior High School (SHS) or Grades 11 and 12. Also included are non-graded learners with disabilities and those under the ALS program.

The highest number of enrollees were recorded in Region IV-A with 2, 807, 264 followed by Region III with 2, 161, 262 and National Capital Region (NCR) with 2, 102, 912.