The Department of Education (DepEd) on Thursday announced that it has achieved “100 percent” enrollment in public schools for School Year (SY) 2020-2021 which formally opened nationwide this week.
DepEd enrollment data as of Oct. 8 showed that there are 22, 587, 496 enrollees in public schools nationwide which comprises 100% of the total enrollment in SY 2019-2020.
Meanwhile, there are 2.17 million enrollees in private schools to date which is 50.54% of last school year’s enrollment. Combined, the current enrollment for this school year has reached 24.819 million or 89.37% of the enrollment in SY 2019-2020.
In a Cabinet meeting with President Duterte on Monday, Education Secretary Leonor Briones reported that DepEd has already exceeded its target number of enrollees for this school year amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
The current enrollment figure, Briones said, is “higher than the 80 percent adjusted number which was assigned to us by NEDA [National Economic and Development Authority] so we surpassed the target of 80 percent of last year’s enrollment.”
Of the 24.8 million enrollees for SY 2020-2021, 1.77 million students are in Kindergarten; 11.8 million are in Elementary; 7.8 million are in Junior High School (JHS); and 2.8 million are in Senior High School (SHS). There are also 72, 541 non-graded learners with disabilities and 397, 060 under the Alternative Learning System (ALS) program.
The national enrollment data also covers public and private schools as well as State Universities and Colleges (SUCs) and Local Universities and Colleges (LUCs) which offer the SHS program.
The highest number of enrollees were recorded from Region IV-A (Calabarzon) with 3.4 million followed by National Capital Region (NCR) with 2.6 million and Region III (Central Luzon) with 2.5 million.
Amid the threat of COVID-19, DepEd implemented a “remote enrollment” system nationwide for this school year so students can register without face-to-face interaction.
From June 1 to July 15, DepEd has implemented remote enrollment through alternative means of communication that do not require physically reporting to school, such as text, call, email, and online messaging. DepEd also opened drop boxes and kiosks 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).
Briones, during the National School Opening Day Program on Oct. 5, said that late enrollees will still be accepted until November this year “as long as they complete 80% of the requirements of the program.”
Meanwhile, DepEd yesterday said it will investigate malicious activities related to the school opening and will exhaust legal remedies to ensure that only “accurate information” will be given to the public.
Issuing an advisory, DepEd said that it has been receiving reports of “false information and malicious, staged photos” on the conduct of the School Year (SY) 2020- 2021 being proliferated in social media.
“DepEd is keen to investigate these activities and exhaust legal remedies to ensure that only accurate information will reach our stakeholders,” the advisory said.
Advising the public to “verify such information or photos with DepEd” first before sharing, the agency said this will be for the “best interest of everyone who is still adjusting to the transition to distance learning.”
For guidance and references, DepEd said the public may refer to its official website and other verified social media accounts. DepEd also urged the public to report other school opening concerns to its Public Assistance Command Center (PACC) through [email protected]