DepEd lists 1.55 M enrollees in Bicol

By Mar S. Arguelles


The Department of Education (DepEd) in Bicol announced on Monday, Sept. 13, that some 1,552,077 learners have enrolled in various public and private kindergarten, elementary and senior high schools across the region.


Mark Kevin Arroco of DepEd information office in an interview said the enrollment this year is 115,311 or seven percent lower than the 1,667,388 enrollees recorded in 2020 prompting DepEd to extend the enrollment period until Sept. 30 this year.


Of the enrollees, 1.4 million students have enrolled in public schools, 67,994 in private schools, 14,540 students in Alternative Learning Schools (ALS) and only 1,010 students enrolled in SUCs/LUCs (State Universities and Colleges/Local universities and colleges.


Some 154,747 learners have enrolled in Kindergarten, Elementary (657,855), Junior High Schools (485,882), Senior High Schools (250,332), and non-graded (3,261).


Majority of the enrollees have chosen the Modular Distance Learning (MDL) system, while only a few choose the online learning, radio and TV learning module, and the synchronous module.


Arroco said learners and parents have chosen the MDL systems because of the problems on frequent power outages and poor internet connection.