The number of learners who have already registered for School Year (SY) 2020-2021 has increased to over 4.5 million, the Department of Education (DepEd) said Friday, June 4.
Based on the DepEd’s final monitoring report, a total of 4,557,435 learners in Kindergarten, Grade 1, 7, and 11 availed of the agency’s early registration which started in April and ended on May 31, 2021.
With this, the DepEd achieved a 99-percent registration turnout compared to last year’s figure.
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“We thank our field offices, parents, and learners for their cooperation and support despite personally experiencing challenges brought about by the pandemic. As our learners and parents showed their value for learning in this exercise, we are committed to continue exhausting all means to provide accessible and quality education for all,” Secretary Leonor Magtolis Briones said in a statement on Friday, June 4.
DepEd said Grade 1 (elementary school) has the most number of early registrants with 1,554,556, followed by Grade 7 (junior high school) with 1,143,193; Kindergarten with 991,689; and and Grade 11 (senior high school) with 867,997.
By region, Calabarzon (Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal, Quezon) recorded the highest number of registered learners at 480,709, followed by Central Visayas with 405,001 and Western Visayas with 387,152.
DepEd noted that Grades 2-6, 8-10, and 12 are considered pre-registered and are not needed to participate in the early registration.
“The collaboration between schools and parents is evident in this year’s exercise as we achieved our target anew. With this success, we can strategically prepare our resources to further improve education delivery for School Year 2021-2022,” Undersecretary for Planning, and Human Resource and Organizational Development Jesus Mateo said.
DepEd said the early registration was initiated to help the agency anticipate the number of enrollees for the coming school year. It is provided under DepEd Order No. 3, s. 2018, otherwise known as the Basic Education Enrollment Policy.
The early registration this year is done through various communication platforms like Facebook chats, text messaging, and drop-boxes in schools or barangays and to ensure the safety of learners, parents, and personnel.
DepEd urged those who have questions or clarifications to get in touch with Education Management and Information Systems Division-Planning Service (PS-EMISD) at [email protected]