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MANILA — The total number of enrollees for basic formal education has reached more than 8.5 million for the school year 2021-2022, the Department of Education (DepEd) has said on Wednesday, August 25. This covers both public and private schools where enrollment started last August 16 and will be open until September 13.
“As we continuously prepare for a smooth opening of classes, we are urging parents and learners to communicate with their respective schools for the enrollment procedures. I also call those who did not enroll last school year to register now,” Education Secretary Leonor Magtolis Briones said.
According to DepEd, the Learner Information System (LIS) Quick Count, the numbers of enrollees for the coming school year are from Region IV-A (Calabarzon) with 1,430,535, followed by Region III (Central Luzon) with 829,624, and National Capital Region (NCR) with 815,857.
Briones also noted a considerable lag in reporting enrollment data since some schools first collate the enrollment forms, particularly those through dropbox, before reporting.
In DepEd Order 032, series of 2021, the DepEd provided a range of options to facilitate the enrollment of learners in all public schools in basic education and Alternative Learning System (ALS) programs nationwide.
“To optimize the process and ensure the protection of health and safety of our education stakeholders, schools may facilitate dropbox enrollment through setting up booths and kiosk in front of the school, barangay hall, and other visible locations that are accessible to parents and guardians, subject to health and safety standards imposed by the IATF,” Briones added.
Schools will contact their parents through their previous class advisers for incoming Grades 1-6, 8-10, and 12.
On the other hand, parents of incoming kindergarten, Grades 7 & 11 learners shall communicate/re-affirm their intent to enroll their children to a school of their choice via digital and/or physical enrollment platforms established by schools similar to procedures in early registration.
Transferees, Balik-Aral, and ALS enrollees must directly contact their preferred school through its published enrollment contact details.
DepEd has also deferred the submission of documentary requirements for public and private schools to December 31, 2021. As such, schools shall not compel learners and their parents or guardians to take responsibility for the transmission of school records.
To provide essential support to education frontliners for the upcoming school year, DepEd said 40,000 laptops are set to be delivered to teachers, personnel, schools, and field offices nationwide this month.
The supplier will deliver these laptops directly to the Regional Offices. The Regional Supply Officer will then identify the final list of recipients and release the allocated units of the Schools Division Offices. The names of beneficiaries will later be submitted to the respective regions and divisions by the CO-based concerned offices for reference.
DepEd said that regional and Schools Division Offices might organize simultaneous unboxing and training of laptop use through online webinars or face-to-face sessions, provided the required health protocols and social distancing are strictly observed.
“The provision of internet-capable equipment to DepEd offices, schools, and teachers is great news for the education sector. This would go a long way in our continued implementation of our Basic Education – Learning Continuity Plan and in providing technical support to our field offices nationwide,” Briones said.
The procurement of the laptops through the Department of Budget and Management-Procurement Service (DBM-PS) was made possible by the Bayanihan to Recover As One Act (Bayanihan II), the government’s second stimulus package to combat the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Our direction is to provide laptops for each teacher and our DepEd offices. The Department recognizes that teachers who use their own devices bought these out of their own expense. It is still the responsibility of the state to provide government-issued laptops,” Undersecretary for Administration Alain Del B. Pascua said.
The mandatory recipients for the Division and Regional offices are Implementing Units (UIs), Public Schools District Supervisors (PSDSs), Alternative Learning System (ALS), Mobile Teachers, and Regional and Division Coordinators under the Administration Strand.