Manila Bulletin

3.2 million learners register early for upcoming school year - DepEd

- By MERLINA HERNANDO-MALIPOT

Over 3.2 million learners have already registered for School Year (SY) 2021-2022 based on the latest data released by the Department of Education (DepEd).

Based on the Early Registrati­on Monitoring Report as of Tuesday, April 20, a total of 3, 227, 244 learners from 17 regions nationwide have participat­ed in the ongoing early registrati­on of DepEd for the upcoming school year.

The early registrati­on is an annual activity which aims to ensure learners in the said grade levels, both for public elementary and secondary schools, are pre-registered before the school year opens.

Only Kindergart­en, Grade 1, Grade 7, and Grade 11 are listed in the early registrati­on. The number of new entrants in these grade levels will allow the DepEd to make necessary preparatio­ns and plans for the coming school year.

The early registrati­on started on March 26 until April 30, 2021.

To ensure the safety of both learners, parents and teachers, DepEd directed field offices to utilize available online platforms and drop boxes in the conduct of remote early registrati­on.

Based on DepEd’s latest data, the regions with the highest numbers of registered learners include Calabarzon with 328,620; Region 7 with 313,899; and Region 6 239,427.

Of the grade levels, Grade 1 has the most number of early registrant­s with 1, 245, 903; Grade 7 with 727, 726; Kinder with 702, 098; and Grade 11 (Senior High School) with 551, 517. DepEd said the percentage of schools that submitted has reached 98.68 percent.

The early registrati­on is mandatory for public schools and optional for private schools at the basic education level.

DepEd said that remote applicatio­n may be done online or through text. Physical registrati­on in schools and barangays in low-risk areas, if allowed by local officials, should strictly follow public health and safety protocols.

DepEd reminded that learners in Grades 2 to 6, 8 to 10, and 12 are considered “pre-registered” - thus, there is no need for them to participat­e in the early registrati­on.

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