The Department of Education (DepEd) has extended the last day of enrolling students in public schools until July 15.
Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque announced the extension of the enrollment period during a press briefing on June 30, Monday, citing the advisory from the education bureau’s Secretary Leonor Briones. The original deadline was on June 30.
“Puwede ba po, ‘wag na po natin antayin ang July 15, puwede po ba ngayon pa lang, kapag pupuwede na, i-enroll na natin ang ating mga anak,” said Roque, addressing parents of learners.
(“Please, let us not wait for July 15; if it is possible, let us already enroll our children.”)
“‘Wag hayaang matigil ang proseso ng edukasyon ng ating anak bagamat may COVID-19,” Roque added.
(“Let us not allow our children’s education process to end, even with the threat of COVID-19.”)
As of June 30, DepEd reported a total of over 15 million students communicated their intent to register for the upcoming school year.
In June, ACT-CIS party-list Representative Jocelyn Tulfo urged the Department of Education to extend the enrollment period. Tulfo said millions of students might drop out of school if they do not have the chance to enroll on or before June 30, which could trigger an education crisis and even worsen the unemployment
situation in the country. DepEd has been implementing remote enrollment since June 1 and through drop boxes in schools since mid-June.
Classes were earlier disrupted in March upon the implementation of community quarantines across the country. In the upcoming school year, blended learning or the combined use of television, radio, and the Internet will be adopted to deliver education to learners while observing health protocols such as physical distancing.
The 2020-2021 school year is set to formally open on August 24.
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