A January 17, 2013, press release from the Department of Education
The Department of Education (DepEd) is mobilizing its resources and personnel nationwide to ensure the success of the nationwide early registration on January 26, 2013, and bring all school-aged children and youth including those with learning difficulties to school.
Secretary of Education Armin A. Luistro has directed school officials from the DepEd regional and division offices to work closely with parents, the local government units, civil society groups, barangay, and Sanggunian Kabataan officers in the conduct of child and youth find activities to ensure their registration for school year 2013-2014.
“We have set January 7-26, 2013, for child and youth find activities with January 26 as the actual early registration day in all public schools across the country,” Luistro said.
Based on Deped Order 89, series of 2012, the schools’ submission and sorting of registration data is scheduled from January 28 to February 1, 2013, while the dates covering February 4 to March 1, 2013, are the dates set aside to map-out plans to address resource gaps and implementation of different program interventions.
Aside from regular students in all public elementary and secondary schools, also being targeted for early registration are children from indigenous cultural minorities, street children, and those who have learning difficulties.
DepEd conducts the annual early registration day every January to enable it to collate information on the expected enrollees come June and to come up with contingency measures for issues and concerns that may arise. “We also want to ensure that we can bring as many learners to school whether they are regular students, drop-outs, first time enrollees or out-of- school children and youth.”
Based on the DepEd Order, children who are born on October 31, 2008, or earlier shall be eligible for early enrolment in kindergarten while those born on October 31, 2007, with or without kindergarten experience can enroll in Grade 1.
The birth certificate of the child shall be the documentary basis of the age requirement for early registration. If such is not available during the early registration day, the document can be submitted before the school opening in June or within the school year.