Over 4.4 million incoming learners are already registered for the upcoming school year according to the Department of Education (DepEd).
Based on the DepEd’s Early Registration Monitoring Report as of May 24, there are 4,460,499 learners nationwide in Kindergarten, Grade 1, Grade 7, and Grade 11 who have registered early for school year (SY) 2021-2022.
The DepEd data showed that the regions with the highest number of registered learners were Calabarzon with 464,852; Region VII with 401,334 and Region 6 with 376,310.
Originally, the early registration was scheduled from March 26 to April 30. However, it was extended until May 31, 2021 to give parents and guardians more time to register the children.
DepEd is implementing remote applications through online or through text due to the ongoing coronavirus disease (COVID-19) situation in the country.
However, DepEd said that physical registration in schools and barangays in low-risk areas may be allowed as long as public health and safety protocols are strictly followed.
DepEd said that only incoming learners in Kindergarten, Grade 1, Grade 7, and Grade 11 are allowed to participate in the early registration.
To date, Grade 1 has the most number of early registrants with 1, 534, 429; Grade 7 with 1, 112, 735; Kinder with 967, 923; and Grade 11 with 845, 592.
Meanwhile, DepEd said students in Grades 2 to 6, 8 to 10, and 12 are already considered pre-registered.
Given this, they do not need to participate in the early registration but they will have to enroll once the enrollment period for SY 2021-2022 has been announced by DepEd.
DepEd said that the early registration is an annual activity which aims to ensure that learners in the said grade levels are pre-registered before the school year officially opens. It is mandatory for public schools but optional for private schools.
The department has earlier announced that it is eyeing Aug. 23 as the school opening date for the upcoming SY. However, the agency clarified that this is not yet final since it has not been approved by by President Duterte yet.