PASIG CITY, February 15, 2018 – As the early registration period comes to a close, the Department of Education (DepEd) calls anew on parents and learners to participate in the said initiative, which will help DepEd to better address and prepare for possible issues and concerns at the start of the new school year in June 2018.
The period of early registration in all public elementary, secondary, and senior high schools nationwide is from January 28 to February 28, but the Department noted that early registration desks on Friday, February 16 are closed in observance of the Chinese New Year.
This initiative is in preparation for the opening of classes with the aim of reaching the expected number of learners for SY 2018-2019.
The early registration aims to ensure that all five-year-old children by August 31 are enrolled in Kindergarten.
Moreover, it intends to locate, identify, and enrol Out-of-School Children (OSC) and Out-of-School Youth (OSY) who are in remote/geographically isolated areas or under difficult circumstances.
Also, it seeks to understand the barriers to have access to education and the possible local solutions or interventions that will bring learners to school and will ensure their completion of basic K to 12 education.
Learners with Special Educational Needs (LSENs) and other learners who require unique learning interventions, indigenous peoples (IPs), Muslim children, etc. — are among the targets of this early registration initiative.
School personnel are expected to conduct various activities, such as house-to-house campaign, posting announcements, meetings with local and barangay officials and civic organizations, and other advocacy activities to help locate school-aged children to enrol in schools.
What to bring
Learners must register early in schools where they opt to enrol. Incoming Kindergarten learners must bring their Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA), formerly National Statistics Office (NSO), birth certificate, and copy of the Early Childhood Development (ECD) checklist report from the previous school years’s day care centers, while Grades 1, 7, and 11 learners must present their PSA birth certificate and previous school year’s report card.
Furthermore, the Department reiterates that no registration fee or any payment must be collected from the child or their parents/guardians, pursuant to its No Collection Policy.
This effort is pursuant to the DepEd Order No. 3, s. 2018, or the Basic Education Enrollment Policy, and DO No. 6, s. 2017, or the Multi-Year Implementing Guidelines on Early Registration, which are available online at the www.deped.gov.ph.