While there is no decision yet on the opening date of the upcoming school year, the Department of Education (DepEd) enjoins all parents and learners – from both public and private schools – to participate in the early registration for SY 2021-2022 to start by the end of the month.
Due to major changes in the school calendar for School Year (SY) 2020-2021, the DepEd will conduct the early registration for SY 2021-2022 from March 26 to April 30, 2021.
The month-long activity, DepEd said, is initiated to “ensure that incoming learners are registered” for the SY 2021-2022. It also aims to help the department “better prepare” for possible issues and concerns that may arise – especially with the ongoing health situation in the country brought about by the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).
“All incoming Kindergarten, Grades 1, 7, and 11 in public elementary and secondary schools shall pre-register to allow the Department to make necessary preparations and incoming plans for the coming school year,” Education Secretary Leonor Briones said.
Briones added that the Grades 2-6, 8-10, and 12 are already considered pre-registered – thus, they do not need to participate in the early registration.
Early registration is mandatory for public schools while optional for private schools. Private schools, however, are mandated to strictly implement the Kindergarten cut-off age under DO No. 20, s. 2018.
The early registration was introduced to help the department anticipate the number of enrollees for the coming school year and instituted in DepEd Order No. 3, s. 2018, otherwise known as the Basic Education Policy.
Aside from incoming Kinder and Grades 1, 7, and 11 students, it also seeks to locate, identify and register out of school youth and children who may be identified as living with disabilities; living in an off-grid community; living in a barangay without a school; living in a geographically isolated area; displaced due to natural disaster; living in an armed conflict area; living in an area with a high level of criminality/drug abuse; having a chronic illness; having nutritional problems; a victim of child abuse or economic exploitation; stateless/undocumented; in conflict with the law; living on the streets; and no longer in school but interested in going back to school.
“The early registration campaign ensures the right of all school-aged learners to enroll and be equally provided with quality, accessible, relevant, and liberating basic education,” DepEd added.