Late enrollees disturb school opening

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Tuesday, June 3, 2014


LATE enrollees disturbed an otherwise orderly and peaceful opening of classes Monday.

Baguio Central School principal William Rilveria told Sun.Star Baguio the unclaimed report cards indicate there are still a lot of students who have not yet enrolled despite the official start of classes.

"We have scheduled the enrollment for two weeks, so that's no reason for them to be late in coming and enrolling their children," the principal said adding they have already announced the period of enrollment one week ahead it started.

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He explained some parents still hold on the belief regular classes do not start on the first day of school.

According to him, parents must be responsible in enrolling their children as early as the scheduled period so pupils will not miss any lesson that may delay or affect the onset of their learning.

He also stressed the importance of having students enrolled before the opening of classes is the school is able to determine if they have enough school facilities, equipment and teachers to handle the students.

But with the number of late enrollees registering for this school year, he said it is still impossible to determine.

As much as he wanted to set deadline for admission of late enrollees, Rilveria said only the Department of Education does that, but only when schools are already full packed with students.

Furthermore, he suggested DepEd to set common enrollment duration for all public schools, which should be enough time for schools to accommodate enrollees.

He added the education sector should now set a deadline for admission so parents will be disciplined and will be taught of their responsibility to enroll their children on time.

"Kapag nagaadjust ka palagi and you still accept late enrollees, hindi sila matututo eh," he said.

Meanwhile, to those who still wish to be admitted in public schools, he suggested parents to come bring the requirements and enroll their children as soon as possible.

For admissions, only the report card is needed for old students while a NSO birth certificate, report card and Form-137 are required for new or transferee students.

Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on June 04, 2014.

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