DepEd Orders Public School Execs to Accept All Enrollees

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DepEd Orders Public School Execs to Accept All Enrollees


The Department of Education (DepEd) announced on Monday that there is no reason for public elementary and secondary schools not to accept students during enrolment for this school year.

DepEd issued the statement after receiving complaints that there are schools that do not accept students due to incomplete documents.

Education Secretary Mona Valisno said principals and teachers should accept enrollees despite lacking the documents required by the school. She said parents who are transferring their children to public schools and do not have the official records of the child yet due to various reasons are welcome to enroll them.

"But I must remind them that they should submit these documents as soon as they can," she said.

Valisno also encouraged school principals and teachers to be more creative and innovative to make sure that they can accommodate all those who wish to enroll. "We have a menu of teaching methods that they can apply. Similarly, there are various means our school heads can do to manage large school populations," she explained.

Meanwhile, amid the inevitable problem of shortage of classrooms, DepEd is also campaigning for the accommodation all children of school age in the more than 45,000 public schools nationwide.

Valisno said these students, including the enrollees and transferees with incomplete documents, must be accepted in public schools as well as those estimated 10 million children who were never enrolled or those who have been out of school for years. Based on DepEd reports, this number has also increased in the last several years.

"Every Filipino child must be assured of the opportunity to get high quality education that will make him or her whole person, a responsible citizen, and lead him or her to a successful entrepreneurial venture," she added. …

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