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Late enrollees might not be accommodated

Education Secretary Armin A. Luistro said late enrollees might not be accommodated right away when classes for school year 2013-2014 open in public elementary and high schools nationwide on June 3.

While he urged students to still enroll in public schools, Luistro said that those who did not participate in the Early Day Registration set by the DepEd last January can already be considered as late enrollees. “Every year, late enrolment is one of the biggest problems our schools face especially those who would want to enroll on the first day of classes,” he said.

Luistro reminded that priority will be given to those who are already in the schools list, particularly those who pre-registered last January 26. “Of course, we should give priority to those who came in early kasi sila na ang napaghandaan natin,” he said.

Students who have pre-registered can expect to have their names on the official list, their sections, and their books ready when they attend the first day of school.

Based on the result of the early registration, Luistro said that DepEd has prepared for 80 percent of the enrollees or about 20 million students on all levels for this coming school year. “Yung 20 percent, yun yung mga hanggang ngayon, ayaw ng maaga kaya gusto namin silang turuan ng leksyon sa pamamagitan ng hindi pagbibigay ng priority sa kanila,” Luistro said.

Luistro said that the remaining 20 percent are the new kinder and Grade 7 students as well as those who will migrate to congested areas. “Ito yung mga hindi talaga kayang paghandaan ng DepEd,” he said.

He appealed to parents and guardians to enrolled their students before classes officially start on June. (Ina Hernando Malipot)