Edusentro | For the school year 2021-2022 the Department of Education has 4.5 million early registrants | 4th of June, 2021 – Despite travel restrictions and connectivity challenges, the Department of Education (DepEd) claimed that 4.5 million students registered early for School Year 2020-2021, resulting in a 99 percent turnout compared to the previous year.
DepEd reported on Tuesday that 4,557,435 students in Kindergarten, Grade 1, 7, and 11 took advantage of the early registration period, which began in April and ended on May 31, 2021.
“Despite personal obstacles brought on by the epidemic, we applaud our field offices, parents, and learners for their cooperation and support. We are determined to continuing to exhaust all means to provide accessible and quality education for all, as our learners and parents demonstrated in this exercise,” Secretary Leonor Magtolis Briones stated.
During the entire period, the Department had 991,689 kindergarten, 1,554,556 Grade 1 (elementary school), 1,143,193 Grade 7 (junior high school), and 867,997 Grade 11 (senior high school) early registrants.
Pre-registered students in grades 2-6, 8-10, and 12 are not required to engage in early registration.
According to the monitoring report, CALABARZON has the most registered learners in the region, with 480,709, followed by Central Visayas (405,001) and Western Visayas (387,152).
“This year’s exercise exemplifies the partnership between schools and parents, as we exceeded our goal once again. We can strategically organize our resources to significantly improve education delivery for School Year 2021-2022 as a result of this success,” said Undersecretary for Planning, Human Resource and Organizational Development Jesus Mateo.
Early Registration was implemented to help the Department predict the number of participants for the coming school year, as stated in DepEd Order No. 3, s. 2018, also known as the Basic Education Enrollment Policy.
This year, the Department used communication tools like Facebook conversations, text messaging, and drop-boxes in schools and barangays to undertake early registration for the safety of students, parents, and workers.