LESF or the Learner Enrollment and Survey Form was the main enrollment tool used for the remote and dropbox enrolment for school year 2020-2021. The tool is an expanded version of the regular enrolment form which captures not only the basic profile of learners but also relevant survey questions for parents designed to profile the household in terms of their readiness for distance education.
The Department of Education (DepEd) revealed that LESF captures the following vital information that will provide DepEd with evidence in making the implementation of Learning Continuity Plan grounded on data: i) employment status of parents or guardians, ii) manner of going to school of learner, iii) number of learners in every household, iv) presence of household members that can provide instructional support in distance learning, v) availability of gadgets and devices, vi) access to internet, vii) preferred learning modality, viii) challenges that may affect learning in distance mode and ix) number of private school learners who enrolled in public schools.
According to DepEd Central Office, these data and information were used by every region, schools division, and school in designing their respective learning continuity plan particularly in deciding on what learning modalities will be implemented. These data were also used in determining the budget requirements for the LCP particularly on the requirements for learning resources.
As a result of the LESF, it was known that the parents preferred learning modality for their children are: 8.8M parents preferred modular, 3.9M blended, 3.8M Online, 1.4M Educational TV, 900K Radio based instruction and around half a million preferred other modalities. Meanwhile, LESF also revealed that 395,743 learners from private schools and SUCs/LUCs have transferred to public schools.
In the latest development, the Office of the Planning Service through Director Roger Masapol issued an advisory regarding the Deployment of Learners’ Information System-Beginning of School Year (LIS-BOSY) facility prior to the actual opening of classes.
It says that since the BOSY facility was deployed ahead of the opening of classes, the date of first attendance will no longer be needed. Further, it mentioned that this will be replaced by the date of official enrollment (DOOE). The DOOE is the date when the teacher confirmed the learner’s enrolment (through text, phone call, etc.) with the parent/guardian or the adult learner after the initial enrollment through the LESF submission.
Director Masapol in the said advisory clarified that learners who submitted the LESF but later decided to (1) enroll in another school (2) will no longer enroll in the coming school year will not be enrolled through the LIS BOSY facility.
With regards to the transfer of learners, the existing transfer facility will handle the transfer transaction using the usual practice where the actual date of confirmation of transfer/enrolment is required and shall be sequential.
Please stay tuned for more updates in the coming days prior to the opening of classes on October 5, 2020, which coincides with the Culmination of the National Teachers’ Month and the World Teachers’ Day.