After all the fuss and the confusion about when the enrollment would be, the Palace arrived at the final decision. Harry Roque, the Presidential Spokesperson has said that the public school enrollment is to be pushed on the 1st of June, 2020.
He said that this needs to be continued because we can’t stay like this forever; there should be some type of preparation in order for us to be able to appropriately beat the disease.
Tuloy po yan dahil hindi naman po tayo pupuwede na walang preparasyon.”
In Translation: We should let this proceed because we can’t be like this forever — we have to prepare.
Public school enrollment as per DepEd
According to the guidelines of the Department of Education (DepEd), there should be a month-long enrollment that shall begin on the 1st of June up until the 30th of June. Moreover, the opening of the classes would be held on the 24th of August; either virtually or physically.
Roque, in his interview, said and mentioned that we need to continue the preparation for the education of our children. The number of COVID-19 cases is slowly rising and we need to be prepared.
Sa atin po, kailangan tuloy pa rin ang preparasyon pero gaya ng aking nasabi, ayan po, sumipa po ang numero ng COVID-19 (cases). Madali naman po ‘yang ‘wag ituloy. Naghahanda po tayo sa possibility ng both face-to-face at saka blended learning.”
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In Translation: For us, we need to prepare because as I’ve said, the threat of the COVID-19 is not stopping. It is easy to discontinue or to stop this. We are just preparing for the possibility of both the face-to-face learning, as well as blended learning.
During his last public address, our dearest President Rodrigo Duterte said that he is not, in any way, inclined to resume the classes — given the situation we are in now. Moreover, the President emphasized the fact that he would still push his idea of “no vaccine, no classes.”
So what is the Presidential Spokesperson talking about when he said that the public school enrollment will push through on the 1st? To clarify his claim, Roque said that he did not mean “face-to-face” classes.
As a matter of fact, what he’s saying is that he just does not want education to be put to a complete stop. In addition to that, he said that the Philippine government is on the move to establish “make-shift” classrooms for children and for families that have less access to the Internet.
These classrooms would be situated in barangays to support and to assist in their learning.
DepEd Remote Enrollment Guidelines
For the sake of parents, guardians, and the students, the Education Department just released remote enrollment guidelines. In their statement, it said that “the previous advisers of students would contact the parents of Grades 1 to 12 learners. Incoming kindergarten students, on the other hand, shall communicate their intent to enroll their children through the platforms that have been established by the school.”
Don’t worry, here are the points that the Department has provided to all parents and guardians of students:
Grade 1 to 12 learners
All the guardians and the parents of all Grade 1 to 12 learners will be in communication with the previous advisers of their children for the remote enrollment. In addition to that, the parents could also reach out to the adviser to ask about how the remote enrollment will go down.
NOTE: The DepEd states that physical appearance in the school for enrollment shall be the last option. Should there be a need for an appearance, these must undergo the health and safety protocols offered by the barangays or the LGU levels.
Incoming kindergarten students
To all incoming kindergarten students, on the other hand, the parents shall communicate their intent to enroll their children via digital and/or physical enrollment platforms that are created by the schools.
ALS enrollees can communicate their plan and their intent to enroll through digital or physical enrollment to the established school. Moreover, it can also be sent through the barangays that have key community learning centers (CLCs).
NOTE: The form that is used to be used shall only be the ALS Form 2 (Annex B). This is based on the DepEd Order No. 58, series of 2017 — this will be made available either in physical or digital format.
Students that are looking to transfer, the originating school shall directly communicate with the new school where they are to transfer.
Last but definitely not the least are the balik-aral enrollees. Parents of these learners shall contact all preferred schools directly. All the receiving schools shall register their enrollee’s enrollment and survey data so that they can accommodate the requests and enrollments.
What do you think about the statement of Harry Roque about pushing the public school enrollment on the 1st of June?
Source: The Philippine Daily Inquirer