Well, it looks like parents in the Philippines are keen to get their children enrolled early for the upcoming School Year 2023-2024. The Department of Education (DepEd) has revealed that an incredible 4.2 million Kindergarten, Grade 1, Grade 7, and Grade 11 students have already taken part in the Early Registration.

According to recent data from Manila Bulletin, the number of learners who have registered early for SY 2023-2024 has reached an impressive 4,198,932 as of June 13. This is a substantial increase compared to the previous year’s record of 4,129,561 learners who joined the early registration for SY 2022-2023.

The Department of Education (DepEd) has initiated the early registration of students for the upcoming school year in public schools. The registration process began on May 10 and will run until June 9, targeting incoming Kindergarten, Grades 1, 7, and 11 students. This early registration aims to help DepEd prepare and adjust their plans accordingly for the upcoming academic year.

According to the latest data, 970,190 kindergarten learners completed the early registration process. This is a significant increase compared to the figures from the previous year, which only saw 900,698 Kindergarten students participating in the early registration.

In the latest registration update from DepEd, it was revealed that there were 1,392,698 early registrants for Grade 1 in the upcoming school year. While this number is slightly lower than last year’s record of 1,399,667, it’s still a significant amount. On the other hand, the incoming Grade 7 students showed a small decrease from 983,987 in SY 2022-2023 to 971,149 in SY 2023-2024.

However, there was some good news for Grade 11 learners as the number of early registrants increased from the previous school year. According to DepEd’s data, 864,895 students have already registered for SY 2023-2024 compared to 845,209 last year, indicating a positive trend.

DepEd has recently emphasized that learners who are set to attend Grades 2-6, 8-10, and 12 in public schools are deemed pre-registered and exempted from participating in early registration. On the other hand, private schools are strongly encouraged to hold their early registration activities.

Early registration, as stipulated under the DepEd Order 03 series of 2018, is a system that enables incoming Kindergarten, Grades 1, 7, and 11 learners to pre-register before classes commence. Those who complete the early registration process but are not officially enrolled are regarded as pre-registered learners.

DepEd’s Undersecretary and Spokesperson, Michael Poa, recently disclosed that the Department is yet to approve a Department Order on the school calendar for SY 2023-2024. According to Poa, DepEd is currently finalizing the School Calendar and its guidelines, which will encompass other critical school opening-related activities such as the Brigada Eskwela.

To better prepare for the forthcoming school year, the Department of Education encourages all incoming students who plan to enroll in Kindergarten and Grades 1, 7, and 11 in any public elementary and secondary schools to take part in the pre-registration or early registration. This move is a vital initiative that will enable the Department to make the necessary adjustments and preparations for the upcoming academic year.