By Merlina Hernando-Malipot
To prepare for the opening of School Year 2018-2019, the Department of Education (DepEd) will hold an early registration starting late this month.
DepEd has set January 27 to February 28 as the period for early registration from Kindergarten up to Grade 12 in all public elementary and secondary schools.
DepEd said the early registration aims to “reach the expected number of students” for the coming school year.
The early registration will also enable it “to better prepare for and be able to address the possible issues and concerns” it will face in June.
The early registration ensures that all five-year-olds are enrolled in Kindergarten, and to locate, identify, and enroll out-of-school children (OSC) and youth (OSYs) who are in remote areas or difficult circumstances.
DepEd noted that the initiative also covers learners with certain exceptionalities which require unique learning interventions.
It noted that the early registration also “seeks to understand the barriers to access education, and identify local solutions or interventions to bring them to school and ensure that learners do not drop out.”
Meanwhile, school personnel are also expected to hold various activities such as house-to-house campaigns, and meetings with local and barangay officials and civic organizations to help find children who should be in school.