The Department of Education (DepEd) is still anticipating an increase in enrollment in the coming weeks, despite the end of the 45-day enrollment period in public schools.
The DepEd expressed hope that it would meet its adjusted enrollment target of 21.97 million students. Data as of July 17 shows that more than 21.3 million people have already enrolled in public and private elementary and secondary schools, accounting for 76% of enrollment last year.
The agency foresees a further increase in enrollment figures in the coming weeks due to a lag in data reporting, particularly from private schools. “Their enrollment period does not necessarily coincide with the enrollment period of DepEd,” the agency explained.
“Reports for homeschooling are not yet in, while learners in the Alternative Learning System (ALS) have been affected by the loss of jobs occasioned by the downturn in the economy,” it added.
Late enrollments would also be accepted until late September, based on the basic education enrollment policy that allows late enrollees, “provided that the learner is able to meet 80% of the prescribed number of school days for each school year.”