May 6, 2021 – With more than four million learners already signed up for the next school year, the Department of Education has announced that parents can still register their children until the end of May.

Around 4.3M learners in Kindergarten, Grade 1, 7, and 11 were able to register for School Year 2021-2022 before the official early registration period ended. The Department has decided to extend the campaign until the end of this month.

“We will continue to accept early registrants until the end of May to give you more time to register,” explained Undersecretary for Planning, and Human Resource and Organizational Development Jesus Mateo.

During the Early Registration campaign this whole month of April, the Department tallied 933,073 kindergarten, 1,502,900 Grade 1, 1,069,856 Grade 7, and 809,217 Grade 11 learners for a total of 4,315,046.

CALABARZON recorded the highest number of registered learners at 437,561, followed by Central Visayas (395,830) and Western Visayas (365,361), according to the May 6 monitoring report.

“We are very happy with the outcome of our early registration. It surpasses our expectations when it comes to the number of learners and parents willing to start or continue their studies. Amidst the current situation, this only shows how important education is to our stakeholders,” Secretary of Education Leonor Magtolis Briones said.

For the safety of learners, parents, and personnel, the Department has conducted its early registration by utilizing communication platforms like Facebook chats, text messaging, and drop-boxes in schools or barangays.

“Achieving 92% within the period compared to last year, for us, is already a great achievement. This is despite the challenges like restrictions and internet connection issues of parents,” Usec. Mateo noted.