The Department of Education (DepEd) has reported nearly 10 million enrollees for school year 2020 to 2021 as it shifted to remote enrollment due to the threat of the COVID-19 pandemic.
As of June 11, a total of 9,961,396 have registered nationwide using the remote enrollment system for public and private schools across all basic education levels, data from DepEd showed.
Of this figure, 9,942,105 enrolled in public schools while 314,029 enrolled in private schools.
The total number of enrollees so far represent 36.26 percent of the projected enrollment for the upcoming school year, Education Secretary Leonor Briones told senators during a committee hearing.
“This is the result of cooperation from the legislature, from local governments, especially at the barangay level,” Briones told senators.
“It also shows that the parents are cooperating, local governments are cooperating, teachers are cooperating in tracking the students,” she added.
A breakdown of DepEd’s latest enrollment data is as follows:
- 577,695 enrollees in Kindergarten
- 4,897,223 enrollees in Elementary
- 3,288,223 enrollees in Junior High School
- 1,096,731 enrollees in Senior High School
- 101,570 enrollees (including 27,700 learners with disability) in the Alternative Learning System
Last school year, there were 22,572,923 enrollees in public schools and 4,203,676 in private schools.
The DepEd started its month-long remote enrollment last June 1 in preparation for the scheduled opening of classes on Aug. 24.
For the first two weeks of June, the DepEd only allows remote enrollment, which can be done via phone calls or online.
For the remaining weeks of June however, physical enrollment will be allowed for those who cannot enroll remotely provided that minimum health standards such as physical distancing and the wearing of face masks shall be observed.