THE Department of Education (DepEd) is set to open its early registration desks for the next school year from Feb. 1 to March 6, 2020.
This will cover new entrants for kindergarten and Grades 1, 7 and 11 in both public and private elementary and secondary schools nationwide.
According to DepEd, the early registration program seeks to locate, identify and register out-of-school children and youth in the community.
These kids may be characterized as living with disability, living in off-grid/far-flung community or in a barangay without a school, displaced due to natural disaster and living in an armed conflict area, among others.
Parents of entrants for kindergarten and Grade 1 must submit a copy of their child’s birth certificate issued by the Philippine Statistics Authority.
In case the document is unavailable, parents may submit instead a copy of the child’s birth certificate issued by the local civil registrar, a baptismal certificate or a barangay certificate.
Learners must also accomplish the Basic Education Enrollment Form during early registration.
In an earlier interview, DepEd 7 Acting Director Salustiano Jimenez said enrollment in Central Visayas has seen a two-percent annual growth.
For school year 2019, DepEd 7 welcomed at least 500,000 students from preschool to high school.
Salustiano, though, said problems on lack of teachers, classrooms and equipment remain a top concern for DepEd.
“I would say so far, there are no classes with no teachers. But we can’t really tell that the number of teachers is enough. Every year, our population increases. Every month, a teacher retires. When a teacher retires, we’ll need to hire a replacement. Some teachers go on leave, such as maternity, so we need to find substitute teachers,” he said in a mix of Cebuano and English.
There are 19 school divisions in Central Visayas, 10 of which are in Cebu Province.
The ideal ratio for teachers to learners should be one teacher for every 30 kindergarten pupils in one classroom at maximum.
For Grades 1 to 4, a classroom should have one teacher teaching 40 learners at most, while classrooms for Grades 5 to 10 should have 45 students max. (WBS)