THE Department of Education (DepEd) will hold an early registration of pupils and students for school year 2012-2013.
The agency declared Jan. 28, 2012 as “Early Registration Day” in all public elementary and secondary schools.
The early registration is part of DepEd’s efforts to achieve the objectives of the Education for All (EFA) campaign and the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), particularly the goal to achieve universal primary education.
DepEd wants to ensure that all children ages five and six will be enrolled in kindergarten and Grade 1 next school year.
It also aims to enroll out-of-school children and youth ages five to 18 years old in formal education or the alternative learning system.
In a memorandum, DepEd Secretary Armin Luistro said the early registration will help DepEd officials, local government officials and other sectors “make necessary
preparation and to address potential resource needs in time for the opening of classes in June.”
From Jan. 30 to Feb. 3, the schools will submit their registration data to DepEd. From Feb. 6 to March 6, DepEd officials will plan, based on the data, how to address resource gaps and implement necessary intervention programs.
Luistro directed school officials to conduct home visits to ensure the registration of their target enrollees.
He also instructed school officials to ensure the registration of children in indigenous cultural communities, as well as the street children.
Incoming Grade 1 and first year high school students next school year will be covered by the 12-year basic education cycle.
Dubbed the K to 12 Enhanced Basic Education Program, the new curriculum comprises mandatory kindergarten, six years of elementary education, four years of junior high school, and two years of senior high school.
The mandatory kindergarten, which is being implemented in the present school year, is in line with the country’s commitment to the EFA movement, whose goals include expanding early childhood care and education, attaining a 50 percent improvement in adult literacy and achieving gender equality in education by 2015.