By Nikka Garriga
PASIG CITY, METRO MANILA – The Department of Education (DepEd) is hoping to gather more out-of-school youths and “differently-abled” students this academic year as it opens the early registration period by January 28.
“We have set aside this day for the early registration of out-of-school children (OSC), out-of-school youth (OSY), children and youth with learning difficulties along with kinder, Grade 1 and incoming first year high school students,” said DepEd chief Armin Luistro.
Only kindergarten, Grade 1 and First Year high school students were covered last year as a prelude to the start of the “K to 12” basic education reform program.
The expansion aims to encourage OSCs and OSYs from disadvantaged groups, indigenous people and street children ages 5 to 18 to go back to school in their preferred delivery system.
They can choose between formal schooling via the alternative delivery mode (ADM) or the informal mode through the alternative learning system (ALS).
It will also help keep track of out-of-school learners with disabilities in different grade levels and provide them with the much needed education intervention.
“With the help of our partners in education in this undertaking, we can make the necessary preparations and address potential resource needs in time for the opening of classes in June,” Luistro said.
The early registration program is part of the bureau’s “Three-Year Catch Up Plan in Basic Education” from school year 2012-2013 to S.Y. 2014-2015 in order to accommodate the increasing number of students.