DepEd welcomes school year 2021-2022 with 24.6 million enrollees

The number of students who enrolled for School Year (SY) 2021-2022 has breached the 24 million mark based on the data released by the Department of Education (DepEd) on the first day of classes in public schools.

One of the alternative learning delivery modalities under blended learning is radio-based instruction (Photo from DepEd)

As of Monday, Sept. 13, data from Department of Education (DepEd) showed that the enrollment in formal basic education has reached 24, 603, 822. There are also 198,297 enrollees under the the Alternative Learning System (ALS) program.

Based on the latest enrollment data released by DepEd, there are 20, 046, 495 enrollees in public and private schools including State Universities and Colleges (SUCs)/Local Universities and Colleges (LUCs) that offer basic education the regular enrollment started on Aug. 16.

Data from the Learner Information System (LIS) Quick Count also showed that of this number, there are 18, 561,298 learners enrolled in public schools; 1, 443, 849 students in private schools; and 41, 348 learners in SUCs/LUCs.

“Today, at school opening, we are encouraged by the enrollment turnout based on our LIS-quick count,” said Education Undersecretary Nepomuceno Malaluan.

DepEd included the 4, 557, 327 Kindergarten, Grades 1, 7, and 11 learners who participated in the Early Registration conducted in March until May 2021 in the enrollment data.

Region IV-A has recorded the highest number of enrolment with 3, 226, 044 followed by Region III with 2, 442, 313 and the National Capital Region (NCR) with 2,238, 668.

DepEd said that the current enrollment accounts for 93.8 percent of the enrollment in SY 2020-2021 recorded at 26. 227, 022.

Meanwhile, Malaluan noted that the enrollment reports are still on a “steady upward trend.”

Enrollment trend for SY 2021-2022 (Photo from DepEd)

“Taking into consideration the reporting lag and several regions already surpassing 100 percent of last year's enrollment, there is indication not only of our learners from last year continuing this year, but also that some of our learners who opted to skip last SY are coming back,” he said.

The first day of classes also marks the last day of enrollment, according to DepEd. To ensure the safety of learners, parents and teachers, DepEd adopted an enhanced enrollment process where parents or guardians can enroll the students remotely.

As DepEd welcomes the opening of a new school year, Malaluan said that the agency thanks the teachers and school leaders, “our frontliners for learning continuity in this challenging time of COVID.”

Due to ongoing coronavirus disease (COVID-19) situation in the country, DepEd will once again implement a blended/distance learning set-up this school year.

Since face-to-face classes are not yet allowed, students will learn their lessons using multiple learning delivery modalities such as modular (printed and offline); online learning; television and radio-based instruction; and/or a combination of two or more modalities under “blended learning.”