The Department of Education announced yesterday the early registration of students in all public elementary and secondary schools in the country on January 26 to achieve universal participation and completion of basic education.
DepEd Secretary Armin Luistro said the annual event manifests the department's thrust to bring all school-aged children to school and bring the out-of-school youth back to the classroom, a DepEd press release said.
He said the assistance of local and barangay officials has been tapped for the early registration of out-of-school children and out-of-school youth, those with difficulty in learning and the indigenous peoples. Luistro said the activity is based on DepEd Order No. 89 series of 2012.
The registration is for all five-year olds to ensure their enrolment in kindergarten, and all six-year olds for grade 1, the press release said.
The activity is also for OSC and OSY from the disadvantaged groups, including street children age 5 to 18 years old. Luistro said they will be provided their preferred education delivery system, that could either be formal, through the alternative delivery mode, or alternative learning system, the press release also said.
It will also enable DepEd to closely work with the local government units, Parent Teachers Associations, barangay officials, civil society groups and organizations, and the business sector to make the necessary preparation and address potential gaps that may arise.
Luistro said the DepEd wants to make sure that the June school opening will be as smooth as possible and as universally participated in, the press release added.*
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