THE Department of Education recently declared January 25, Saturday, as early registration day for upcoming school year 2014-2015 in all public elementary and secondary schools.

The early registration day aims to achieve the Millennium Development Goal on the universalization of primary (basic) education and to attain the objectives of the Education for All program.

Specifically, this activity has the following objectives: to ensure all five and six year old children are enrolled; to guarantee enrolment of out of school children (OSC) and out of school youth (OSY) from disadvantaged groups of indigenous peoples, street children from 5-18 years old and adults between 18-30 years old either in formal alternative delivery mode or alternative learning system.

The early registration also aims to provide OSC and OSY, 5-18 years old, and with disabilities, with appropriate education interventions and to establish their census.

For the different levels (central, regional, division) of the DepEd to prepare the three year catch-up plan in Basic Education from SY 2014-2015 to SY 2016-2017 in order to accommodate the registered learners and for the DepEd, in collaboration with local government units to make the necessary preparation and to address potential resource needs in time for the opening of classes in June; and to support schools in their efforts to provide education interventions to prevent pupils and students from dropping out from school.

Parents are encouraged to bring their children for the early registration. All public elementary and secondary schools will accept the identified students.

This year’s theme for the early registration is: “Makapag-aral ay Karapatan Mo, Magpalista ngayong Enero.” (Aida Payang)