En­roll­ment ex­tended un­til July 15

The Manila Times - - Front Page - CATHER­INE S. VA­LENTE AND JAN AR­CILLA

THE gov­ern­ment has ex­tended the en­roll­ment pe­riod in pub­lic schools un­til July 15, Mala­cañang said on Tues­day.

In a vir­tual press brief­ing, Palace spokesman Harry Roque Jr. said Ed­u­ca­tion Sec­re­tary Leonor Bri­ones de­cided to ex­tend the en­roll­ment pe­riod, which was sup­posed to end on Tues­day, June 30.

He said 15,223,315 stu­dents have en­rolled in pub­lic schools and 672,403 in pri­vate schools.

He urged par­ents not to wait

un­til the dead­line to have their chil­dren en­rolled.

“Huwag­na­man­ho­hayaan­na­matig­i­lang­pros­esong edukasy­on­ngatin­ganakbaga­mat­may Covid-19 (Don’t let your chil­dren stop their stud­ies de­spite the coro­n­avirus dis­ease 2019 [pan­demic]),” Roque said.

The threat of Covid-19 prompted the De­part­ment of Ed­u­ca­tion (DepEd) to shift to dis­tance learn­ing, where stu­dents do not have to go to school to avoid get­ting the virus.

Bri­ones said there were re­quests to ex­tend the en­rol­ment pe­riod: “Marami­akong­natatang­gap­namga re­quest nahu­mi­hing­ing ex­ten­sion nakung­p­we­deng i- ac­co­mo­date ‘yung­m­gaanaknila (I re­ceived a lot of re­quests from par­ents to ex­tend the en­roll­ment to ac­com­mo­date their chil­dren).”

Mean­while, The Al­liance of Con­cerned Teach­ers (ACT) Philip­pines said the low en­rol­ment turnout showed that DepEd’s Learn­ing Con­ti­nu­ity Plan is “more of a bur­den than a tool to help fam­i­lies sur­vive the cur­rent cri­sis.”

It added that open­ing a for­mal school year on Au­gust 24 is “bound to deny” around 10 mil­lion stu­dents of a fair chance to move for­ward with ed­u­ca­tion along with their class­mates.

“This is a sad fact as it is con­trary to the very ob­jec­tive of ed­u­ca­tion to be the source of so­lu­tions for the many prob­lems that plague the so­ci­ety,” ACT Philip­pines said.

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