MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – The Department of Education (DepEd) has extended its national early registration for senior high school to give incoming students enough time to decide on their school and track of choice.
Instead of the original schedule (October 19-23), early registration will now be from October 19 to November 13.
If DepEd’s early registration day every January gives schools an estimate on enrollment, the national early registration for SHS will ensure that students are enrolled in 2016 – the program’s first year of nationwide implementation.
The biggest batch under the program – an estimated 1.2 million to 1.6 million students – will enter Grade 11 in 2016 and Grade 12 in 2017.
In a statement on Tuesday, October 20, DepEd urged all Grade 10 students in public and private high schools to submit their choice of school and track to their class advisers.
Public school advisers will register their students for SHS and submit the learners’ preferences through the SHS registration module in the department’s Learner Information System.
Early registration is also open to high school graduates of the previous 10-year pre-university cycle, as well as passers of Philippine Educational Placement Test (PEPT) and Accreditation and Equivalency Test (A&E) for junior high school level.
Luistro has earlier said high school graduates of the previous 10-year pre-university cycle can go to SHS if they want to. At least 400,000 slots in DepEd schools will be allotted for these students. (READ: INFOGRAPHIC: 10 things about K to 12)
Career Guidance Program
The department has already rolled out a Career Guidance Program for the incoming SHS students, or the current Grade 10 students.
The program seeks to assist students in making informed choices for their SHS track. Under the K to 12 curriculum, students can choose from 4 tracks: academic, technical-vocational-livelihood, sports, and arts and design. (READ: K to 12 promises arts and sports programs in every province)
“We want our students to be aware of the importance of choosing a track that suits their interest while at the same time matches the available resources as well as job opportunities that await them,” Education Secretary Armin Luistro said in statement on September 16.
DepEd Order 41 series of 2015 instructs class advisers to discuss modules of the Career Guidance Manual during Homeroom Guidance class. These modules focus on helping students discover their skills and interests, and the resources they can use to achieve their goals through SHS.
The Career Guidance Program is also open to passers of the PEPT and A&E for junior high school level.
Grade 10 students in private schools as well as high school graduates of the previous 10-year pre-university cycle should not worry, as DepEd division offices will also conduct division-wide career guidance activities for them. – Rappler.com