Early registration expanded

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By Lorenzo E. Mendoza

The Scribe’s Corner

Sunday, January 15, 2012


Director’s Cut: (This portion features the thoughts of DepED 11 Regional Director Susana Teresa B. Estigoy, CESO IV to all stakeholders and recipients of the efforts to improve the basic education) I do not consider my job as plain work -- rather it is my LIFE. “We have to continually examine what succeeds and fails, and why. We have to uphold and live true to our battlecry and slogan of governance: “Education For All (EFA) 2015: Karapatan ng Lahat, Pananagutan ng Lahat”

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Construct classrooms. Buy textbooks and school furniture. Hire new teachers. These are the primary considerations during school opening in June. These are also the reasons why DepEd for several years now has been conducting early registration.

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DepEd issued DepEd Order No. 4, s. 2012 declaring January 28, 2012 as the date for early registration of students in all public elementary and high schools for SY 2012-2013. This declaration is also in line with the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and Education for All (EFA).

This early registration, however, is not yet the formal enrolment as it will happen approximately one month before the first day of SY 2012-2013 opens.

The early registration originally covers only incoming kindergarten students when DepEd opened kindergarten level in public schools last year after DepEd started the universal kindergarten program, as well as Grade 1 pupils and first year high school students.

This year, DepEd Secretary Armin Luistro said that January 28 is set aside for the early registration of out-of-school children, out-of-school youth, children and youth with learning difficulties along with kinder, Grade 1 and incoming first year high school students.

The DepEd Chief reiterated the country's firm commitment to meet the goals of universal basic education and the education for all program being advocated by the United Nations.

In doing the early registration DepEd targets primarily to reach out to all five-year-old children to enroll in kindergarten and for six year-old pupils to enlist for Grade 1.

Specifically for this year to meet the MDGs and EFA goals, it also aims to guarantee enrollment of out-of-school children and out-of-school youth from the disadvantaged groups, indigenous peoples and street children ages 5 to 18 in their preferred delivery system which can be formal schooling through alternative delivery mode or informal mode via the alternative learning system.

Luistro said that the state mandates that all Filipinos with or without learning disabilities must have access to education and the early registration aims to count them in.

This is also the same reason why the early registration also aims to keep track of out-of-school children and out-of-school youth with disabilities whose ages range from 5 to 18 across grade levels and provide them with appropriate education intervention.

One of the major programs initiated by Luistro where he asked the central, regional and division offices of DepEd to do is to prepare the “Three-Year Catch Up Plan” in Basic Education from 2012-2013 to 2014-2015 in order to accommodate the increasing number of learners.

In order for the successful implementation of the early registration, Luistro encouraged DepEd officials to also enlist the cooperation of local government units, barangay officials, parent-teacher associations, civil society and the business sector.

The Secretary believes that with the help of the stakeholders or the partners in education in this undertaking, necessary preparations can be made and potential resource needs in time for the opening of classes in June will be addressed.

For vital information regarding this DepEd Directive, you can download DepEd Order No. 4, s.2012 (Early Registration) in DepEd's official website: http://www.deped.gov.ph or you may visit any regional, division, district offices and schools.

Your small contribution for the success of this undertaking spells much in meeting our goal of zero dropout rate in all levels thus giving a face to every child.

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You can access DepED Updates, latest issuances and other relevant information through our website: http://www.deped.gov.ph. For comments, suggestions and/or contributions, email me at renzthescribe@gmail.com. For queries, complains and other concerns, call DepED Region 11 at (082) 227-9342 or fax to (082) 227-1102 and (082) 221-6147.

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Mr. Lorenzo E. Mendoza, M.A. is connected with DepEd Regional Office 11 and currently on study leave to pursue a degree in Diploma in ICT, Multimedia at TAFE South Australia through the Australian Endeavour VET Scholarship Grant under the management of Austraining International.

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on January 16, 2012.

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