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Early registration set for next school year

The Department of Education will conduct an early registration for school year 2021-2022 from March 26 to April 30 this year.

DeEd said the early registration is due to major changes in the school calendar for the school year 2020-2021.

“All incoming Kindergarten, Grades 1, 7, and 11 in public elementary and secondary schools shall pre-register to allow the Department to make necessary preparations and incoming plans for the coming school year,” Education Secretary Leonor Briones said in a news release yesterday.

She said the the month-long registration will ensure that incoming learners are registered for the school year. It will also help the DepEd better prepare for possible issues and concerns that may arise.

Briones said Grades 2-6, 8-10, and 12 are considered preregistered and will not need to participate in the early registration.

Early registration is mandatory for public schools while optional for private schools. Private schools, however, are mandated to strictly implement the Kindergarten cut-off age under Department Order No. 20, series of 2018.

Meanwhile, DepEd reminded schools and the public to still follow precautionary measures against Covid-19 transmission for the early registration activity.

“In the context of the prevailing Covid-19 public health emergency, the conduct of early registration shall be done remotely in areas under General Community Quarantine. In-person registration through parents or guardians may be allowed in areas under Modified General Community Quarantine provided physical distancing and health and safety protocols are strictly observed,” Briones said.

Last year, the DepEd adopted remote enrollment in the first two weeks of the activity in line with strict physical distancing and community quarantine measures.

On the third week, physical enrollment was done in coordination with the local government units and physical enrollment platforms established by the schools.*

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