Enrollment extended until July 15
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.