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DepEd-12’s goals Next academic year, there will be 1.2 million students

Before the start of official courses on September 13, the Department of Education (DepEd) in Region 12 (Soccsksargen) hopes to enroll almost 1.2 million students.

DepEd-Region 12 spokesman Anton Maganto stated that enrollment operations for the school year 2021-2022 began on Monday in all public schools in the region’s four provinces and four cities.

He said that their goal is based on the region’s enrolment of 1,190,374 students in public and private institutions from kindergarten through senior high school last year.

In a radio interview, he said, “We’re aiming for roughly the same number of learners to enroll in our schools this academic year.”

Based on its revised school calendar, the DepEd central office has scheduled the enrollment period from Aug. 16 to Sept. 13.

Public schools, according to Maganto, will automatically enroll their students in the next grade level, and instructors will simply contact the parents or guardians for validation and confirmation.

He said that confirmation may be accomplished by submitting enrollment and survey forms to the appropriate schools and locations.

Due of the ongoing coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic, Maganto stated the region’s eight school divisions have also stepped up their preparations for the start of classes, which will still be done via different non-contact learning modalities.

North Cotabato, South Cotabato, Sultan Kudarat, Sarangani, and General Santos, Koronadal, Tacurong, and Kidapawan are the divisions.

Despite the risks presented by the development of the deadly Covid-19 Delta form, he said the continuing preparations are oriented at the start of courses on Sept. 13 and yet without face-to-face sessions.

Local schools will continue to use the modular, online, and mixed modes, which will be complemented by television and radio-based teaching, according to the Basic Education Learning Continuity Plan developed by the regional office’s curriculum division.

According to him, the affected schools are already making the required changes to the modalities they will be provided based on their previous year’s experiences.

This year, several school divisions are focusing on increasing the use of internet platforms, including providing classes via their official Facebook accounts, according to Maganto.

β€œCompared to last year, our schools are more equipped today because they have previously adopted these learning modalities and learned how to adapt to them,” he added.

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