Early pub­lic school en­rol­ment on its 2nd year

Panay News - - REGION - By Ed­uardo B. Al­ba­son, Head Teacher I, Punta Co­gon El­e­men­tary School, Roxas city

AS PER De­part­ment of Ed­u­ca­tion ( DepEd) Or­der No. 03 se­ries of 2018 ex­e­cuted and signed by DepEd Sec­re­tary Leonor Bri­ones not­ing that “early reg­is­tra­tion” or the pre- reg­is­tra­tion of learn­ers takes place prior to the open­ing of classes will roll again on its sec­ond year this com­ing Jan­uary 26, 2019 to Fe­bru­ary 22, 2019 as it should from the last Satur­day of Jan­uary to the last Fri­day of Fe­bru­ary each year for in­com­ing kinder and grades 1, 7, and 11.

The early en­rol­ment in pub­lic schools na­tion­wide cov­ers in­com­ing kinder­garten, Grades 1, 7 and 11 learn­ers since those in re­main­ing grade lev­els are al­ready con­sid­ered pre-reg­is­tered. Ac­cord­ing to Sec­re­tary Bri­ones, in­com­ing Grades 2-6, Grades 8-10 and Grade 12 are al­ready con­sid­ered pre-reg­is­tered be­cause they are those who un­der­went the early reg­is­tra­tion process bit are not con­sid­ered of­fi­cially en­rolled.

This gov­ern­ment pol­icy which was im­ple­mented from last aca­demic year 2018-2019 and which is named as the Ba­sic Ed­u­ca­tion En­roll­ment Pol­icy was set to in­sti­tu­tion­al­ize an ef­fi­cient en­roll­ment process in pub­lic and pri­vate schools, and state/lo­cal uni­ver­si­ties and col­leges (SUCs/ LUCs) of­fer­ing ba­sic ed­u­ca­tion na­tion­wide. As a re­minder to par­ents and teach­ers, let it be clear that no fees shall be col­lected. The gov­ern­ment em­pha­sizes this in the pol­icy that no fees shall be col­lected from school­child­ren dur­ing en­roll­ment. Mem­ber­ship fee and con­tri­bu­tions that are col­lected on a vol­un­tary ba­sis should be done af­ter en­rol­ment. Non-pay­ment of vol­un­tary con­tri­bu­tions shall not pro­hibit en­roll­ment of learn­ers. More on to this, the pol­icy also notes that the col­lec­tion of au­tho­rized vol­un­tary con­tri­bu­tion should not be done dur­ing the sched­ule of re­lease of fi­nan­cial as­sis­tance for Con­di­tional Cash Trans­fer (CCT) or the 4Ps

re­cip­i­ents. In no in­stance must the school col­lect con­tri­bu­tion out of the 4Ps sub­sidy. Lastly, an­other cru­cial point pre­scribed on this pol­icy is that the rules and stan­dards up­hold the right of learn­ers to en­roll in pub­lic schools upon pre­sen­ta­tion of min­i­mum doc­u­men­tary re­quire­ments, and to be pro­vided with ac­ces­si­ble, rel­e­vant, qual­ity and lib­er­at­ing ed­u­ca­tion.

As a teacher I wel­come and sup­port this change as a pos­i­tive re­form to­wards ed­u­ca­tion like an old adage, “Early bird catches the worm,” goes. En­rol­ment is done every year. This time it is just be­ing pushed ear­lier. Hav­ing it so helps us col­lect and man­age en­roll­ment data that is one such process in­te­gral in plan­ning, re­source al­lo­ca­tion, pol­icy for­mu­la­tion, and de­vel­op­ment of i nter­ven­tions. This new pol­icy will also con­sol­i­date the var­i­ous is­suances on en­roll­ment and in­sti­tu­tion­al­ize a ba­sic ed­u­ca­tion en­roll­ment process. ( Paid ar­ti­cle)

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