An official from the Department of Education (DepEd) earlier said that nearly four million students were not able to enroll for next school year due to the crisis brought about by coronavirus disease (COVID-19).
During a Senate hearing in mid-August, DepEd Undersecretary Nepomuceno Malaluan said that this could mean that the number of out-of-school youth may swell by four million
“Mayroon tayong extraordinary non-participation on account of COVID as of today that is about 4 million learners,” he said.
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He said that over 23 million students are currently enrolled in public and private schools for the 20-21 school year, which has been moved to October 5 (except for private institutions who have already started).
He added that 2.75 million of children who did not enroll were former students of private schools, while over a million of public school pupils had not registered yet for this academic year.
The undersecretary also noted that about 380,000 students from kindergarten to senor high school levels have also shifted to public schools.
“It is an extraordinary year for DepEd as far as the participation rate is concerned,” he said, adding that they will tackle ways to address the non-participation of millions of Filipino students.