ACT-CIS Party-list Representative Jocelyn Tulfo urged the Department of Education (DepEd) to extend the enrollment period until mid-July.
“Nangangamba po ako na kung tatapusin na agad ng DepEd ang enrollment sa June 30, milyung-milyong mga bata ang magda-drop out o titigil sa pag-aaral sa darating na school year. Sa K to 12 pa lamang iyan,” said Tulfo.
“Over 10 million students dropping out of school now would be a crisis that would mean more poverty for Filipino families in the years to come and would deal a severe blow to the country’s economic recovery,” she added.
Tulfo also called on the Department of Finance (DOF) and the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) to prioritize funding for the DepEd, along with the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) and Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA).
The DepEd revealed that as of Sunday morning, around 15.1 million students have already enrolled nationwide, much lower compared to the number of enrollees last year that reached around 27.2 million.
The agency added that of the number, more than 14.5 million of these are registered in public schools along with the enrollees of the Alternative Learning System (ALS).