In a televised briefing, Department of Education (DepEd) Secretary Leonor Briones shared that a total of 13,752,109 students have officially enrolled for the upcoming school year of 2020-2021.
The number covers enrollees in both public and private schools nationwide, covering the kindergarten, elementary, junior high school, senior high school up to the college levels, including those under the Alternative Learning System (ALS).
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Part of its efforts to observe health protocols such as physical distancing, DepEd launched its remote enrollment system on June 1, wherein parents can enroll their children via channels such as SMS, online messaging, e-mail, and call. Advisors were tasked to become parents’ point of contact and would be responsible to attend to inquiries.
Beginning the third week of June, DepEd made available “drop boxes” and kiosks in schools for parents who are not able to contact schools remotely. To enroll their children, they would just need to get available forms, accomplish these, and submit via the available drop boxes.
DepEd noted that the number of enrollees is half of its expected turnout for the school year, which formally opens on August 24. Amid the threat of coronavirus disease or COVID-19, schools will be adopting blended learning, which makes use of the Internet, television, and radio to deliver education.
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