CALBAYOG CITY, Samar -- The Department of Education (DedEd) in this city urged parents and guardians to register their children early for academic year 2017-2018.

DepEd Calbayog Division Superintendent Raul Agban said the activity is important for the education sector to prepare for the next school year.

Early registration will run from January 28 until February 24.

“The outcome of the early registration is very important. It will be used as basis of the National Government in the planning for the education sector,” Agban said. "With this, we can determine the needs of every school like number of classrooms, furniture, and teachers."

New entrants like the incoming kindergarten learners and incoming Grade 7 students, as well as those who would be enrolled in senior high school must join the early registration.

For kindergarten, the child must be five years old by June 1. However, children who will turn five years old by end of August will be accepted on the condition that the Early Childhood Development (ECD) checklist must be administered to ensure that the child is capable of meeting the expectations of the grade level.

In addition, parents must provide a certificate of completion as proof that the child has already attended early childhood education such as day care or attained pre-elementary education in a private school.

“We are expecting at least two percent increase for next school year, that is usual enrolment we have,” Agban said.

At present, DepEd Calbayog City Division has more than 30,000 school children enrolled in 156 elementary schools and at least 14,000 students enrolled in 26 junior and 15 senior high schools. (PNA)