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DepEd targets 2.5M kindergarten children in S.Y. 2011-2012

posted May 11, 2011, 9:10 PM by Desiree Tuazon

Pushing for universal kindergarten in all public schools, the Department of

Education goes full throttle to reach more than half a million school-aged

children who were left unserved in May 2010.

“This new year, we are renewing our commitment to reach all children of school

age as part of our intensified efforts towards achieving the Education For All

(EFA) commitment,” said Education Secretary Armin Luistro.

With the increased 2011 DepEd allocation, part of the thrust of the department is

to implement the universal public kindergarten program for 5-year olds to give

new entrants to basic education the proper preparation on the rigors of

schooling. In line with this, the department is set to undertake a ground

mapping of all school-aged children by way of pre-registration all over the

country starting January 15.

“The pre-registration will not only allow us to determine the interventions needed

to ensure that the EFA commitment is within the department’s reach, but it will

also enable us to have a wider reach of children who are deprived of basic

education,” added Luistro.

From the 1,914,137 who were reached in 2010 in both public and private

schools, DepEd targets to raise the number of preschool children it will serve to

almost 2.5M or a 21 percent increase in 2011.

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