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The Department of Education’s (DepEd) early registration for kindergarten, grades 1, 7 and 11 in Palawan is scheduled on January 26 to February 27.

Grace Estefano, information officer of DepEd Palawan, said their local office is now waiting for the memorandum from the central office containing the full detail of the early registration in all public schools.

“We are waiting for the memorandum coming from the central office. As soon as ma-receive na namin ‘yon — kasi it might have changes — idi-disseminate na rin namin. Sa ngayon parang teaser muna ang laman (As soon as we received the memorandum — it might have changes — we will also disseminate. Right now, what it has is just teaser),” Estefano said

Estefano said parents can access the DepEd website and Facebook account to know more about the upcoming registration.

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Based on the Basic Education Enrollment Policy (BEEP) issued by Education Sec. Leonor Briones under DepEd Order No. 3, Series of 2018, incoming students in grades 2-6, 8-10 and 12 are considered pre-registered.

Estefano said the purpose of the early registration is to get figures to allocate resources available for the school year 2019-2020.

“Una, para malaman ‘yong resources ng DepEd as to the classrooms available baka kailangan na natin magdagdag ng mga temporary, matagal kasi ‘yang construction. Ilan pa ‘yong kulang natin na facilities para ma-accommodate kung masyadong marami ang ating enrollees (First, so we will know the resources of DepEd as to the classrooms available because we might need to add temporary one since construction takes longer. We have to know what facilities we need to set up to accommodate if the enrollees are high in number),” she said.

The early enrollment will help identify the number of classrooms and teachers and other deficiencies, she added.

She also said that the early registration will also determine the number of students displaced in Palawan, out of school youths (OSYs) and adult learners planning to go back to formal school.

The memorandum also states that learners aged 6-12 who shall be enrolling in basic education for the first time shall be enrolled in appropriate grade levels on the basis of Completion of Kindergarten Catch-up Education Program for learners to be enrolled in grade 1 and the Philippine Placement Test (PEPT) for learners to be enrolled in the appropriate grade level based on the result of their PEPT.

“Learners aged 13 and above who shall be enrolling in basic education for the first time shall be advised to undergo the ALS (alternative learning system) program”, the memorandum also said.

Estefano said the decision of the learners to accelerate their grade level by taking PEPT depends on the decision of the parents and the students.

“Ang iba kasi nagti-take ng PEPT para yong age nila ay sumabay kung kailangan na ba nila umakyat sa higher level ng grades. Yong iba naman gusto nila mag-aral na ‘di nagti-take ng accelerations base doon sa kanilang edad. Depende kasi sa choices ng magulang at ng bata,” she added.

DepEd- Palawan, she said has continuously pushed for the early registration to help the school age children who are attending formal school know if they are qualified to enter for the next school year.

Estefano urged the parents and learners to grab the opportunity of early registration to achieve the ‘Education For All’ of DepEd.

“Pagkakataon na ito dahil libre nga ang basic education kasi naniniwala tayo na ang lahat ng Pilipino ay dapat makapag-aral kasi ‘yan ang ating kayamanan na ‘di pwede nino man,” she said.

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