Over 3.2 million learners have already registered for School Year (SY) 2021-2022 based on the latest data released by the Department of Education (DepEd).
Based on the Early Registration Monitoring Report as of Tuesday, April 20, a total of 3, 227, 244 learners from 17 regions nationwide have participated in the ongoing early registration of DepEd for the upcoming school year.
The early registration is an annual activity which aims to ensure learners in the said grade levels, both for public elementary and secondary schools, are pre-registered before the school year opens.
Only Kindergarten, Grade 1, Grade 7, and Grade 11 are listed in the early registration. The number of new entrants in these grade levels will allow the DepEd to make necessary preparations and plans for the coming school year.
The early registration started on March 26 until April 30, 2021.
To ensure the safety of both learners, parents and teachers, DepEd directed field offices to utilize available online platforms and drop boxes in the conduct of remote early registration.
Based on DepEd’s latest data, the regions with the highest numbers of registered learners include Calabarzon with 328,620; Region 7 with 313,899; and Region 6 239,427.
Of the grade levels, Grade 1 has the most number of early registrants with 1, 245, 903; Grade 7 with 727, 726; Kinder with 702, 098; and Grade 11 (Senior High School) with 551, 517. DepEd said that the percentage of schools that submitted has reached 98.68 percent.
The early registration is mandatory for public schools and optional for private schools at the basic education level.
DepEd said that remote application may be done online or through text. Physical registration in schools and barangays in low-risk areas, if allowed by local officials, should strictly follow public health and safety protocols.
DepEd reminded that learners in Grades 2 to 6, 8 to 10, and 12 are considered “pre-registered” – thus, there is no need for them to participate in the early registration.
Before the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, early registration is usually schedule every last week of January. This year, it was adjusted this year due to the amendments in the school calendar for SY 2020-2021.