The Department of Education (DepEd) issues the enclosed Basic Education Enrollment Policy for School Year 2018-2019 and the subsequent school years thereafter, to institutionalize an efficient enrollment process in public and private schools, and state/local universities and colleges (SUCs/LUCs) offering basic education nationwide.
The rules and standards prescribed by this policy uphold the right of learners to enroll in public schools upon presentation of minimum documentary requirements, and to be provided with accessible, relevant, quality and liberating education.
They also guarantee the right of learners to enroll in private schools and SUCs/LUCs offering basic education upon the submission of minimum documentary requirements, and satisfaction of other conditions that the educational institution may require, subject to the existing laws and regulations.
The issuance repeals DepEd Order No. 6, s. 2017 entitled Multi-Year Implementing Guidelines on Early Registration. All existing Orders, Memoranda, and other related issuances inconsistent with this policy are hereby repealed, rescinded, or modified accordingly.
DepEd Order 03, s. 2018 | Basic Education Enrollment Policy
Pursuant to the Constitutional mandate of the Department of Education to ensure the delivery of accessible and quality education, it has put in place a functional basic education system. The enactment of Republic Act No. (RA) 10157 or the Kindergarten Act and RA 10533 or the Enhanced Basic Education Act of 2013 brought about sweeping changes in basic education which gave rise to the need to align DepEd’s existing processes with these reforms. The enrollment of learners, particularly the collection and management of enrollment data, is one such process integral in planning, resource allocation, policy formulation, and development of interventions. To align the enrollment process with ongoing reforms, DepEd has issued and implemented several policies, such as the adoption of the Learner Reference Number (DO 22, s. 2012), the Adoption of Modified School Forms (DO 4, s. 2014 the Omnibus Policy on Kindergarten (DO 47, s. 2016), and the policy on Transfer of Records (DO 54, s. 2016). This Policy is issued to consolidate the various issuances on enrollment and institutionalize a basic education enrollment process.
II. Statement of Policy
All learners who elect to enroll in public schools nationwide must be accepted upon submission of the minimum documentary requirements articulated in this Policy. Learners who wish to enroll in private schools and state and local universities and colleges (SUCs/LUCs) offering basic education must submit the minimum documentary requirements stipulated in this Policy, and satisfy other conditions for admission that the institution may require. This Policy establishes the standard process of enrollment in public and private schools, SUCs/LUCs offering basic education, and Alternative Learning System (ALS) learning centers nationwide.
III. Scope of the Policy
This Policy shall guide DepEd offices and personnel involved in enrollment in public and private schools, SUCs/ LUCs offering basic education, and ALS learning centers. This will also provide guidance to parents and learners on the enrollment process and the attendant requirements. This Policy covers early registration, actual enrollment, Learner Information System (LIS) encoding, and reiteration of policies on collection of fees, among others.
Source: Department of Education