A January 14, 2013, press release from the Department of Education
The Department of Education (DepEd) announces the nationwide early registration on January 26 of students in all public elementary and secondary schools to achieve universal participation and completion of basic education.
Secretary of Education Armin A. Luistro said the annual event manifests DepEd’s thrust to bring all school-aged children to school and bring the out-of-school youth back to the classroom.
“We are enlisting the assistance of local and barangay officials for the early registration of out-of-school children (OSC) and out-of-school youth (OSY), those with difficulty in learning and the indigenous peoples (IPs),” Luistro said. Based on DepEd Order No. 89 series of 2012, January 26, 2013 is declared as Early Registration Day for school year 2013-2014.
The registration is for all five-year olds to ensure their enrolment in kindergarten and all six-year olds to ensure their registration for Grade 1.
Also, the early registration is for OSC and OSY from the disadvantaged groups including street children ages 5-18. Luistro said they will be provided their preferred education delivery system which could either be formal through alternative delivery mode (ADM) or alternative learning system (ALS).
The early registration will also enable DepEd to closely work with the LGUs, the Parent Teachers Associations, barangay officials, civil society groups, civic organizations, and the business sector among others to make the necessary preparation and address potential gaps that may arise.
“We want to make the June school opening as smooth as possible and as universally participated in as possible, that is why we are doing the preparation as early as January,” Luistro explained.