THE Department of Education (DepEd) reminded parents on the deadline for remote enrollment of public school students for the school year (SY 2020-2021) amid the global pandemic.
DepEd said they will still accept Learner Enrollment Survey Form (LESF) submitted remotely or via drop boxes on or before June 30, the end date of the enrollment period for School Year 2020-2021.
As of June 27, 8 a.m., total enrollment was at 15,182,075 nationwide, with 14,548,915 registered in public schools, including those in the Alternative Learning System (ALS).
For questions on the enrollment and other initiatives of DepEd in the upcoming school year, parents and learners can contact the nearest division office or school. They may also seek assistance from their baranggay when submitting LESF.
The public may also call DepEd Central Office Public Assistance and Action Center at telephone numbers (02) 8636-1663; (02) 8633-1942; mobile phone numbers 0919-456-0027; 0995-921-8461; email at email@example.com; or visit www.deped.gov.ph/obe-be for FAQs about the enrollment.
Meanwhile, DepEd on Friday ordered the review of a department order that set the requirements of distance learning requirements for private schools.
"In light of the concerns and questions raised by private schools in connection with issuance of DepEd Order No. 013, s. 2020 entitled 'Readiness Assessment Checklist for Learning Delivery Modalities in the Learning Continuity Plan for Private and Non-DepEd Schools,' the Secretary of the Department of Education (DepEd) has directed the review of the said order. A memorandum shall be issued to clarify such issues and concerns," a DepEd advisory read.
As of Friday, over 14 million public and private school students have so far signed up for the opening of classes in August.
The figure is so far half of the 2019's 27.7 million students.
On Wednesday, June 24, private schools urged the DepEd to review its order that, they said, were finalized without any public consultation.
Among requirements prescribed by DepEd for private schools are setting up own email domain and educational platform, hiring help desk personnel whose task is to answer queries, and making sure that students and teachers have the necessary resources to access the lessons.
Then DepEd also appealed to private schools to defer tuition hike, miscellaneous and other charges as parents and learners are facing financial constraints due to COVID-19 pandemic.
Meanwhile, DepEd said 40% of public school teachers trained for distance learning. Around 300,000 of the country's 800,000 public school teachers have been trained for distance learning, with just two months left before the opening of classes.