The Department of Education (DepEd) sets January 28, 2012 as the early registration day for School Year (S.Y.) 2012-2013 in all public elementary and secondary schools nationwide.
“We have set aside this day 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,” said Education Secretary Bro. Armin A. Luistro.
Luistro said the Philippines is firmly committed to meet the goals of universal basic education and Education For All being advocated by the United Nations.
The early registration seeks to reach out to all five year-old children to enrol in kindergarten and for six year-olds to enlist for Grade 1.
It also aims to guarantee enrolment of OSC and OSY from the disadvantaged groups, indigenous peoples and street children ages 5 to 18 in their preferred delivery system. They can choose between formal schooling through alternative delivery mode (ADM) or informal mode via the alternative learning system (ALS).
The early registration also aims to keep track of OSC and OSY with disabilities whose ages range from 5 to 18 across grade levels and provide them with appropriate education intervention. “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,” the education
chief explained. (DepEd/PIA)