More than 10 million have enrolled for school year 2020 to 2021, the Department of Education (DepEd) reported as it reaches the halfway point for its month-long remote enrollment due to the threat of the COVID-19 pandemic.
As of June 13, the DepEd said 10,535,103 have enrolled nationwide for kindergarten to grade 12. The figure includes enrollees for the alternative learning system (ALS) and non-graded learners with disabilities.
Of this figure, DepEd said 10,205,439 learners have enrolled in public schools and 324,033 registered in private schools.
Below is the breakdown of DepEd’s latest enrollment data:
- 614,778 enrollees in Kindergarten
- 5,160,949 enrollees in Elementary
- 3, 458, 610 enrollees in Junior High School
- 1, 170, 714 enrollees in Senior High School
- 97, 438 enrollees in the Alternative Learning System
Since June 1, the DepEd has implemented remote enrollment through alternative means of communication that do not require physically reporting to school. This includes enrollment via text messaging, calls, e-mail, and online messaging.
DepEd Undersecretary Alain Pascua earlier said that they expect to see a decline in enrollees for the upcoming school year due to the circumstances brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Last school year, there were 22,572,923 enrollees in public schools and 4,203,676 in private schools.
Starting Monday however, the DepEd will allow physical enrollment for those who were not able to enroll remotely. Minimum health standards such physical distancing and the wearing of face masks shall be observed during physical enrollment.
The DepEd has announced that classes are scheduled to start on Aug. 24 via ‘blended’ learning—or the use of alternative means of education to do away with face-to-face classes.