DepEd taps Barangay officials to help reach more learners

ILOILO CITY – The Department of Education’s (DepEd) Schools Division Office (SDO) of Iloilo City will seek the help of Barangay officials in mapping out learners in their villages who have yet to enroll, following the extension of the  registration period until the end of this month.

SDO Iloilo City Superintendent Dr. Ma. Luz De los Reyes said Wednesday they have yet to reach their 84,000 target enrollees which is a little higher than their 81,000 enrollees last year.

“We will write a letter to the mayor and appeal to the barangay to map out who are the school-age children who have not yet enrolled,” she said.

As of September 15, a total of 74,166 learners have already been officially enrolled. The number includes 4,664 kindergarten, 35,362 elementary, 23,467 junior high school, 9,164, senior high school, 148 special education (SPED), 1,012 alternative learning system (ALS) enrollees, and 349 students in state universities and colleges (SUCs).

De los Reyes said they are still waiting for additional enrollees from Kindergarten, Grades 1 and 7. The low turnout, she added, may be attributed to the movement restrictions imposed in the city due to the increasing cases of Covid-19 cases. (PNA)