The Department of Education (DepEd) had released the enrollment guidelines for students and learners who would go for enrollment in public schools all over the whole country. As a matter of fact, Leonor Briones, Education Secretary, said that the enrollment guidelines for SY 2020 — 2021 look to:
Provide schools various options for implementing a modified regular enrollment process that adheres to the rules set by the Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID), the Department of Health, as well as the Office of the President (OP).”
Before we go to that any further, let us first remember how this came through. Within the past few days, President Duterte announced that he will not, in any way, allow the opening of face-to-face classes until a vaccine for the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) will be available for the use of the public.
Roque on the enrollment on June 1
With this, Harry Roque, the Presidential Spokesperson said that the enrollment for the basic education in the public sector will continue; it will push through on the 1st of June, 2020.
In addition to that, he also said that the classes ought to start within the 24th of August, 2020 — either physical or virtual. When asked if he’s disobeying the rules and the commands of the President, he said that he is not; he said that he just didn’t want education to come to a full stop.
Read more about that here: Public School Enrollment on June 1, Says Malacañang
To guide everyone about the enrollment
The DepEd enrollment guidelines, as per the Secretary is for the purpose of guiding and helping everyone. As per Briones, these guidelines are in accordance to the policy of Basic Education, and these will be guiding all parents, guardians, teachers, students, and learners on the enrollment for the coming school year.
Moreover, she said that there are a wide range of options on how this can go down.
This policy provides a range of options to facilitate the enrollment of learners for all public schools in the basic education and Alternative Learning System (ALS) programs nationwide.”
With all the news scattering from all over the country, we know that the enrollment shall take place on the 1st of June up until the 30th of June, 2020. These shall be for the students who are to attend SY 2020 — 2021; which includes students and learners who enrolled early.
During the enrollment period, Briones also said that the DepEd is looking to use modern and newer processes in order to generate learner and household information.
The [DepEd] is looking to generate learner and household information and data critical for designing the learning delivery strategies and approaches, and for planning, resource allocation, and policy formulation.”
Briones also mentioned in her message that the Department will be offering a whole wide set of learning modalities like distance learning, blended learning, as well as homeschooling.
These, according to the Secretary, would be on the top or to replacing face-to-face learning modality. She adds that the learners should be able to avail of learning opportunities because learning — their enrollment is relevant.
The enrollment process
In her speech, Briones said that the enrollment process need not require parents and guardians to proceed to the schools. As a matter of fact, she said that the first two (2) weeks would be filled with remote enrollment procedures; that there’ll really be no face-to-face interactions.
Annalyn Sevilla, DepEd Undersecretary, even said that parents and guardians do not need to proceed to schools on June 1. She adds that what parents need to do is to wait because their children’s schools will be contacting them.
They just need to wait in their homes, the teachers or the previous advisers of the children will contact them — via calls or text messages — on the process of enrollment.”
Sevilla also noted that for those who do not have access to the Internet, there’s a solution. She said that the DepEd is working hand-in-hand with several Local Government Units (LGUs) to whom they can get regular and physical enrollment and survey forms.
More so, there’d be make-shift classrooms in some barangays in order for some children and learners to be able to cope with the situation.
What is remote enrollment?
In order to comply with the rules and the recommendations set by the IATF, as well as the Office of the President, the DepEd has made the decision on conducting remote enrollment in the basic education sector; this is actually part of the DepEd enrollment guidelines that they’re stressing.
Should you be not in the know, don’t worry — we got you covered. Remote enrollment is the process of registering students without physical or face-to-face interactions. This is to make sure that everyone is safe and are complying with the regular IATF standards.
As to how the Education Department defined it, it’s enrolling learners and students without actually having to go to school. The Department said that they will be more than committed to exhaust all the possible means and ways that they can do in order for them to conduct and to appropriately make remote enrollment effective.
So would physical submission of enrollment be never allowed? It will be — just in the right time.
Should there be problems with it, though; for instance, if the parents or the guardians of these learners and students don’t have the means, then they’ll be allowed. Furthermore, the DepEd noted that the submission of enrollment data — or all types of physical submission must and shall be done on the 3rd week of the enrollment period.
In addition to that, the respective LGUs and barangays of the residents would be involved in the process. Briones explained that everything should be considered — including the families that do not have means.
Implementing remote enrollment shall take into consideration the resource of inequalities and differing circumstances that exist among learners and teachers.”
With the DepEd enrollment guidelines, what do you think about the enrollment that is to transpire this year? Do you think that schools, as well as learning institutions would love this particular setup? Would our education sector be confident in adjusting to it?
Got any questions?
Everything might not be clear for us in one go — and that is the primary reason why the DepEd is expecting a lot of inquiries.
Whether you’re a parent or a legal guardian, a student, a teacher, or even a school administrator and you have questions about the enrollment guidelines, you can freely send a message to the Education Management and Information Systems Division-Planning Service, Department of Education Central Office; you can reach them through [email protected].
The DepEd, as well as the IATF-EID, is expecting everyone to strictly comply with the order; this is for the safety and the security of everyone.