News – PH Poll: 44 million school-age pinoys are not enrolled


MANILA, Philippines – Some 4, according to a recent survey by Social Weather Stations (SWS), 4 million, or approximately 13 percent, of school-age Filipinos aged five to 20 are currently not enrolled

The Ministry of Education (DepEd) has implemented blended learning for the 2020-2021 school year amid the coronavirus pandemic

The SWS survey from Nov 21 to 25 showed that 15 percent of five to six year olds and 13 percent of 16 to 17 year olds are currently not enrolled in schools under the DepEd program

It was three percent for the seven to eleven year olds and four percent for the 12 to 15 year olds

However, the biggest decline in enrollment was among 18 to 20 year olds at 40 percent

By area, school-age Filipinos currently not enrolled were an identical 14 percent for Metro Manila and Mindanao 13 percent in the Luzon equilibrium and 12 percent in the Visayas

The percentage of school-age household members currently unenrolled is higher among families with less educated heads of household, the survey found

It is 20 percent for families of heads of household without a primary school certificate, compared to 14 percent for families of heads of households with a primary school certificate, 11 percent for families of graduates and seven percent for families of graduates

Among the people enrolled, seven percent, or about two1 million, are in preschool; 45 percent (133 million) are in elementary school; 29 percent (86 million) in junior high school; 13 percent (39 million) in high school and six percent (19 million) in college

Of those enrolled, 80 percent or an estimated 238 million take part in purely modular distance learning (MDL), 14 percent (43 million) in purely online distance learning (ODL), one percent (302000) in purely traditional face-to-face classes, 01 percent or (38000) in purely TV / radio-based teaching and four percent in blended learning, consisting of four percent or about 12 million in MDL and 06 percent or about 178000 in ODL

The percentage of school-age Filipinos currently enrolled is 88 percent in the Visayas, 87 percent in Luzon, and 86 percent in Mindanao and Metro Manila

It was highest among families of graduate householders (93 percent), followed by families of graduate householders (89 percent), families of elementary school graduates (86 percent), and families of non-elementary graduates householders (80 percent)

The survey was based on personal interviews with 1500 adults aged 18 and over across the country

Yesterday, the Alliance of Concerned Teachers (ACT) called on the government to come up with a clear plan for the gradual return of face-to-face teaching

Previously, President Duterte had decided to postpone the physical reopening of schools until the introduction of COVID-19 vaccines

“How convenient it is for the President to use his so-called concern for our security to evade his responsibility for the fulfillment of young people’s right to education,” said ACT Secretary General Raymond Basilio, noting that many Countries have already found ways to allow safe return to schools

“It is clearly lazy and unimaginative to base our education on the government’s delayed and unsafe vaccination program,” he said

ACT reiterated its recommendations to the DepEd on how to prepare for the gradual resumption of limited and voluntary classroom courses in low risk areas, including competent school risk assessment, installation of health and plumbing and classroom retrofitting

It was also recommended that school health workers be hired, mass tests for teachers and learners be carried out, class sizes reduced, and minimum health standards implemented

Education Minister Leonor Briones previously said DepEd would continue to prepare to pilot face-to-face courses once Duterte lifts the postponement of the plan

Last Tuesday, Briones announced that of the 61000 schools across the country 1900 were identified as possible pilot areas for limited personal learning in all regions

“We are preparing to be ready to implement the program ourselves after the vaccines arrive,” she said at a virtual press conference for Region 1 – Janvic Mateo, Eva Visperas, Cecille Suerte Felipe and Mayen Jaymalin

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News – PH – Survey: 44 million Pinoys of school age are not enrolled